Strike Back is a British/American action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive branch of the British Defence Intelligence service (DI), who operate several high risk, priority missions throughout the globe.
On the eve of a historic nuclear-weapons summit with a North Korean delegation, Robin Foster, the British Ambassador to Thailand, learns that his daughter Chloe has been kidnapped by a ruthless Bangkok gang led by an expatriate named Ray McQueen. Racing against the clock to locate the girl, Scott, Stonebridge and their Section 20 team – including boss Philip Locke and agents Julia Richmond and Kim Martinez – track the thugs through the canals and streets of Thailand. When their efforts stall, Foster ends up following his own instincts, despite the chance that things could get worse before they get better.
Shiro, son of the aging boss of the Yakuza crime syndicate, ascends to power with the help of a duplicitous Lei, and vows revenge on Section 20 for his father's murder. With the location of his latest Bangkok crib compromised again, Locke suspects there's a second North Korean spy in town. Stonebridge, Richmond, Martinez and Locke fend off waves of attack from the Yakuza, while Scott finds his long-anticipated visit with son Finn less than idyllic. After its latest bloody face-off, Section 20 heads to a private island, desperate to learn what the Yakuza have that the North Koreans covet.
Hoping to track down the Yakuza's shipment of vanadium - a metal crucial to the making of nuclear weapons - Scott strikes a deal with Faber and Mason, a pair of bounty hunters looking to kill Shiro. Having convinced Finn that he's not a drug dealer, Scott sends his son on a bus to safety and heads off to rendezvous with his mates, who've got all they can handle in a firefight at the Kokura Foundation, a legal front for Shiro's drug operation. As Locke tries to uncover the truth about Shiro and his father, Mei looks to slip out of the crossfire, again.
Posing as Russian construction workers, Scott and Stonebridge cross the North Korean border in an attempt to blow up a strategic munitions site, but find their route paved with obstacles. Mission accomplished for now, Mei returns home and reunites with an old flame. In Bangkok, Finn chats with the wrong stranger, and ends up running for his life. As North Korean officials celebrate the Yakuza's nuclear bonanza, Lei worries about the dangers ahead - concerns that seem legit when a pair of interlopers arrive to spoil the party.
In North Korea, Mei - now embracing her real name, Li-Na - is tasked by her mentor, Moon Young-Su, to pry a confession out of Scott and Stonebridge, using Finn as leverage. Meanwhile Locke and Martinez recruit a familiar face in Russia to help get them into North Korea and attempt a dangerous rescue operation.
In Vienna, the cloned phone of a Russian mob leader named Myshkin leads Locke, Nina, Scott, and Stonebridge into a public plaza - and a rendezvous between Kwon and Oppenheimer, the world's most dangerous bomb maker, and a man Locke dearly wants to apprehend. Later, Scott and Stonebridge crash a daring bank heist orchestrated by Kwon and Li-Na, in search of a one-of-a-kind document that holds the key to their diabolical plans.
With the assistance of Nina, Scott and Stonebridge track down Matthias, an eccentric young encryption analyst hired by Kown and Li-Na to access vital nuclear-material codes. Later, Locke comes face-to-face with his nemesis, while Scott and Stonebridge intercept the interceptors of a key convoy.
On the trail of Li-Na and Kwon, Locke, Stonebridge, and Scott play a hunch and head to Geneva, where a nuclear disarmament conference is taking place. A face-off between Section 20 and the North Korean renegades ends in a flurry of gunfire - and an inconceivable betrayal.
Gone to ground after a daring helicopter escape, Scott and Stonebridge try to elude a team of mercenaries in the Swiss Alps in order to bring a traitor to justice. With their ammunition nearly spent, the boys get a helping hand from an unexpected source before ending up in a final, epic fight to the finish.
Enjoying a long-deserved vacation, Scott and Stonebridge are recalled after a fellow Section 20 member dies while pursuing the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari in Beirut. A new lead sends them into the remote jungles of Colombia in pursuit of a known associate of al-Zuhari’s and deep in territory controlled by a powerful drug cartel.
Out of options and hunted by the resourceful cartel, Section 20 goes for a longshot and attempts an assault in downtown Bogota, hoping to obtain intel on one of al-Zuhari’s key people. Meanwhile, Dalton looks for the source that exposed her team in Beirut, but discovers a surprising ally and a piece of al-Zuhari’s plan.
Although they are uncertain of others’ loyalties, the team must work with an asset in Beirut to get a lead on James Leatherby, a dangerous and unpredictable operative with ties to al-Zuhari.
Section 20 attempts a risky rescue for a potential new ally. Now veering close to the edge, but determined to find the truth, Dalton goes AWOL with a detainee.
While recovering from a shocking turn of events, Section 20 faces a different threat: a new enemy joining forces with an old one. Locke draws Kamali in closer to the team. Scott looks for an old friend, while Stonebridge gets closer to a new one.
Section 20 is torn between devoting their resources to the mission or saving one of their own. Stonebridge's health continues to affect him in the field. Al-Zuhari's network moves forward quickly, striking close. Kamali explains why yet another threat is emerging.
The team tracks stolen property to Russia, where Scott and Stonebridge continue their side careers as "outlaws." As Stonebridge's health continues to deteriorate, they discover new mysteries about a piece of Al-Zuhari's plan. Kamali worries that his cover identity may not hold.
Scott looks for an escape from Black Bear Prison, while Locke becomes suspicious of Kamali. The team races to locate Stonebridge, whose condition grows more dire when he encounters Al-Zuhari's plan firsthand. Continuing his vendetta, Ulyanov closes in on Scott and Stonebridge.
Scott and Stonebridge try to keep their promise to protect Ester; Richmond and Martinez follow an Al-Zuhari associate; the team sets out to stop an infiltrator before he reaches a populated area.
Scott and Stonebridge face a new pivotal player in Al-Zuhari's plan, and with an imminent attack looming, the team resorts to questionable measures, sparking conflict within the unit.
Still haunted by the memory of a disastrous Special Forces mission which he led in 2003, John Porter is given an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Iraq to rescue a kidnapped TV reporter.
After locating the terrorist safe house Katie is being held in, Porter is also taken prisoner, and Hugh Collinson and a team at Section 20 have to act quickly before it is too late.
Collinson sends Porter undercover to Zimbabwe on a mission to break a former British soldier who was involved in a political assassination out of a high-security Harare jail.
Porter and Masuku become the hunted as a bushman tracker leads the relentless Zimbabwean authorities after them, and Layla Thompson becomes increasingly aware of the tension that exists between Porter and Collinson.
When a hacker interferes with air support causing a British missile to hit American forces, Porter is assigned the mission to find the man responsible, a former guidance engineer who was dismissed from the army. However, Porter is kidnapped and taken to a Taliban camp.
Porter's life is in danger when he finds himself trapped in a rebels' base in Pakistan. When he manages to escape, he learns that Hugh Collinson, the man he blames for the fatal hostage extraction of 2003, has arrived in Afghanistan to meet him for a final showdown.
The man behind some of the worst terrorist attacks on the west escapes during a prison break masterminded by his British wife, and Col Adeena Donovan needs the situation cleared up quickly and decides to reinstate the disbanded Section 20. The all-new members of the unit set out on a life-or-death mission that will take them across the Middle East and Europe, and plunge them into the paths of Saudi princes and Russian FSB agents.
Section 20 start to close in on terrorist Omair Idrisi and his wife Jane Lowry, but the team is forced to extract devious arms dealer Morgan Ives from Libya.
Scott and Stonebridge track down a radical Islamic cleric in order to recover the nuclear devices, but are sidetracked by a CIA air strike and hostile locals.
Scott and Stonebridge prepare for an attack by Al Qaeda while holed up in an Algerian farmhouse with the nomad leader and the wounded courier. Meanwhile, back at headquarters, Dalton is called on the carpet for her relationship with the courier.
The trail of the missing nuclear triggers leads to Cape Town, South Africa, where kidnappers abduct the children of an expatriate munitions expert to force him to cooperate.
Stonebridge seeks revenge on Craig Hanson after he turns up in Cape Town, South Africa. Meanwhile, Scott reconnects with a Mossad agent who's been following their case, but with a different set of orders; Knox hustles Evans to a secret installation and explains how he intends to turn his country into a world power.
Knox extricates a political leader from a Zimbabwe prison, and the unit tries to catch up with the escapee by tracking his activist daughter.
Community unrest plagues South Africa and Zimbabwe following Lutulu's shooting. Stonebridge questions the shooter, while Scott, Lilian and Lutulu are on the run from assassins. Knox and his new ally make a new plan.
Knox plans on unloading nuclear bombs into politically unstable African nations, while Matlock reveals why he joined Knox.
In order to stop Knox, Scott comes to Bryant for assistance. Meanwhile Stonebridge has trouble focusing on the mission as he is bent on revenge. Section 20 get assistance from South African police to stop Knox's plot.
British sergeant Michael Stonebridge recruits help from Ex-Delta Force operative Damien Scott when Section 20 agent John Porter is kidnapped by a Pakistani terrorist. The two then uncover clues to a possible terrorist attack at a New Delhi hotel and race to foil it.
Scott and Stonebridge discover that the terrorists in the hotel are searching for Mahmood. Grant learns that Latif's real goal is to capture a Pakistani chemical scientist who worked with the weapons inspection team in Iraq in 2003.
Stonebridge, Scott, and Marshall stake out a trio of suspects in South Africa who might have some information about Latif. Ex-IRA leader, Daniel Connolly heists an armored truck in Cape Town.
At a remote facility outside Cape Town, Connolly closes in on his WMD prize, while Stonebridge and Scott are faced with dilemmas that could have far-reaching implications on their organization - and on the thread that connects them to Latif.
Stonebridge and Scott pose as aides for arms dealer Gerald Crawford to negotiate the release of hostage, Dr. Clare Somersby.
The first attempt to rescue Clare ends with Scott in the hospital and Stonebridge in pursuit with Crawford and Jacoub. Tahir takes Clare to a Janjaweed camp. Soldiers look for Scott at the hospital. Grant threatens Maggie about her story.
Stonebridge and Scott go to Kosovo to exchange a prisoner for kidnapped European Union officials.
Scott and Stonebridge are held captive with the four EU hostages in the wilderness of Kosovo. Hasani plans to sell Dana as a sex slave, and Allen, the double agent who has been providing information to Latif.
The boys are called away after MI5 team traced Latif to Chechen rebels country hideout, which turns out to be an abandoned vast Soviet area tunnel complex. They go in with support from Georgian commandos, which are eliminated by explosives. Latif escapes with some cahoots, who were screened for surgery. Some turn up in Budapest, where a world security summit is held, carrying the neuro-toxin and sophisticated bomb found in the tunnels. Damien also found indications of foul play since his Iraq set-up army booting.
Latif is finally in Section 20's clutches. The team frantically tries to discover the bombers' target and for that they need Latif to talk. Scott and Stonebridge go after the bombers. Latif's henchmen attack Section 20 command.