The Soviets have launched a rocket carrying a new satellite to be placed in orbit around the Earth. Everything is proceeding normally when they lose control of the rocket and their power to abort it. The rocket with its nuclear pile will fall back to Earth and splashdown near the San Franciscan coast. The Seaview is ordered to pick up two Russian missile experts and find the rocket and disarm the nuclear pile before detonation.
Did You Know?
The title refers to the Washington-Moscow hot-line used during the Cold War, known as the red telephone which was established after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. See more
At the start the image of the rocket switches between an Atlas booster with a Mercury capsule, an Atlas booster with a dummy payload, and a finned rocket booster. See more