The series is about Israel’s most famous spy, Eli Cohen, who in the 1960s went deep cover for Mossad in Damascus to obtain Syrian military secrets and thereby thwart attacks on kibbutzim in northern Israel.
Eli’s an Egyptian Jew who was instrumental in smuggling a number of Jewish people back to Israel from Egypt, but who at the time the action begins is working a boring job at a department store. His wife, Nadia, works as a seamstress for a rich Israeli couple.
Eli and Nadia are struggling but happy. As an Arab, Eli feels the sting of being both an insider and an outsider but wants to prove his worth.