Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are an undercover team of Russian intelligence agents working deep cover in the heartland of the United States. Their true identities are a secret to everyone, even their own children, Paige and Henry. Their lives are further complicated when a failed mission leaves them stuck with a Russian defector Timochev, who was meant to be exported back to Russia. Added to this, FBI Counter-Intelligence Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) has just moved in across the street with his family. Now Phillip and Elizabeth must figure out what to do with Timochev while they contemplate whether or not Beeman's arrival is a coincidence. Phillip, thinking of his family's safety, tries to talk Elizabeth into defecting, which she blatantly refuses. Phillip even goes so far as to untie Timochev, intending to take him to Beeman, before Elizabeth interferes. Phillip kills Timochev himself after finding out that he raped Elizabeth while she was in training years ago. They dispose of his body and, after fifteen years of marriage, Elizabeth finally trusts him enough to reveal details about her former life. Beeman searches their garage in the middle of the night, suspicious of Phillip, about whom he thinks "something is off." President Ronald Reagan issues a top secret executive order, which authorizes the FBI to use whatever means necessary to neutralize Soviet agents operating within the United States.