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. works furiously to ensure his son's victory over Richard Nixon, pouring $10 million of his own money into the campaign. Joe Sr.'s lust for power runs deep - a recurring theme illuminated in flashback scenes that show Joe's own presidential aspirations shattered, the priming of his eldest son, Joe Jr., to pursue public office, Joe Sr.'s devastation over Joe. Jr.'s tragic death, and the consequent passing of the torch to Jack, an inveterate ladies man who has no interest in politics, and no choice but to do what his father couldn't: carry the Kennedy name to national prominence.
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