The Nathan James crew must seek the aide of a prominent rebel leader in order to create a staging area before mounting an invasion of their own.
At the helm of the USS Nathan James en route to the Arctic, Capt. Tom Chandler learns that the destroyer will be in the best possible place — a circumstance his crew must utilize — to save humanity from extinction. A virus has wiped out more than half the population since the ship embarked, and despite orders from the U.S. government to return, Chandler — believing home is now a shadow of itself — decides the safest place to develop a vaccine is at sea. That task falls mainly to virologist Dr. Rachel Scott, a civilian originally assigned to the Nathan James to study birds. “The Last Ship” is based on a novel by William Brinkley and is executive-produced by filmmaker Michael Bay (“Transformers”).