It is the eve of the 1960 presidential election, and John F. Kennedy is poised to become the youngest man ever elected to office. While he and a heavily pregnant Jackie are forefront in the media spotlight, behind the scenes Kennedy family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., one of America’s richest men, works furiously to ensure his son’s victory over Richard Nixon. Younger brother Bobby is JFK’s campaign manager.
Joe Sr. was Ambassador to England in 1937, but when his own Presidential aspirations are dashed he grooms his eldest son to run for office. After a family tragedy the mantle falls to Jack, an inveterate ladies man, who has no interest in politics. Joe Sr., however, leaves nothing to chance.
We follow Congressman Jack Kennedy through his early years in Washington, where he meets a young Jacqueline Bouvier. They marry two years later, despite warnings from her mother that Jack will never be faithful. And when this prophecy becomes true Joe Sr. tries to solve the problem the only way he knows how – by offering to buy Jackie’s silence.
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