Synopsis by Mark Deming
This drama is based on the true story of Thomas Martinez (William Baldwin), a poor and uneducated Army veteran living in Philadelphia in 1983. Frustrated by his inability to find a job, especially as his wife (Kelly Lynch) is expecting their first child, Thomas thinks he's found a sympathetic ear when he meets Bob Matthews (Peter Gallagher), the leader of a white supremacist group called "The Order." Urging Thomas to "take an oath of allegiance and protect your family," Bob initiates him into the Order, and Thomas soon rises to a position of importance in the organization (and becomes privy to one of their key fund-raising operations -- counterfeiting). However, Thomas discovers that the group's racist views are not just a matter of talk when the Order engineers the assassination of radio talk show host Alan Berg, and in time Thomas approaches the FBI, risking his life to act as an informant against the racist group.