The events of Chimerica begin with China's Tiananmen Square protests, which shocked the world in 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, young American photojournalist Joe Schofield captures history in the making. When he discovers a cryptic message in a Beijing newspaper more than 20 years later, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind an unknown hero he captured on film.

Director Turner propels Chimerica's action at breakneck pace, and it grips from beginning to end.