May 1 is not alone in Europe of historical nature. Just who is in America may 1, 1960 as a particularly explosive. Just that day, cold war raged already, although still on a low flame, an American Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady was shot down over Soviet airspace, of a Russian ground air missile. For both sides of the iron curtain a warlike act: here the espionage intentions of the reconnaissance aircraft, where the shooting down of the plane and the capture of the pilot Francis Gary powers.
Between the cold fronts: The American lawyer James Donovan. The delicate task comes to the advanced professional, to compete with the hostile Soviet in negotiation. Because for them the thing is quickly clear: powers is known to be a spy and is three years imprisonment and sentenced seven years labor camp.