Synopsis by Paul Droesch
This taut thriller, a paean to brotherly love, follows hunky Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), who faces execution for a murder he didn't commit, and his brainy brother, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), who tries to save Linc as Season 1 opens by springing him from prison. To do it, Michael robs a bank with the intention of getting caught so he can be sent to Fox River penitentiary in Illinois, where Linc awaits execution for killing Terrence Steadman, the brother of Vice President Caroline Reynolds (Patricia Wettig). Linc, a troubled ex-con, was framed for Steadman's murder by a shadowy syndicate known as the Company, which controls many powerful figures in business and government. Michael, a Chicago structural engineer, knows Fox River's layout intimately. He also has layout plans tattooed on his body-all the better to plot and dig a tunnel. Once inside, Michael is harassed by guard captain Brad Bellick (Wade Williams) and befriended by Warden Henry Pope (Stacy Keach), who treats him almost like a son. Also treating Michael warmly is prison doctor Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), a recovering drug addict and the daughter of the Illinois governor (John Heard). The brothers' ally on the outside is lawyer Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), Linc's former girlfriend. Among the inmates they encounter are Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), Michael's lovelorn cellmate; cunning psychopath Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper); Benjamin "C-Note" Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar), an Army vet who was unjustly dishonorably discharged and whose family thinks he's in Iraq; pickpocket David "Tweener" Apolskis (Lane Garrison); mob boss John Abruzzi (Peter Stormare); Charles "Haywire" Patoshik (Silas Weir Mitchell); and Charles Westmoreland (Muse Watson), an aging lifer who may or may not be the legendary airline hijacker D.B. Cooper.