In 1995, in the aftermath of the First Gulf War, a defector from Saddam Hussein's Iraq makes contact with the Western press. He claims to have startling new information about an Iraqi nuclear weapons programme, but suddenly he disappears without a trace. Unwilling to risk a new war in the Gulf, the West disregards him as a fraud, but a key scientific advisor to the British government has other ideas.
When news of a hush-hush project on a converted rig in the Caspian Sea breaks with reports of another disappearance – this time of a nuclear missile expert – the threads of an international plot are unravelled. It soon becomes clear that there is only one group with the necessary skills to investigate: Britain's legendary Special Boat Squadron.
Marine I SBS: Escape from Azerbaijan finds the Squadron's finest in a corner of the old Soviet Union riven by war and lawlessness, fighting for survival against the sadistic intelligence agents of Saddam's Mukhabarat and the heirs of the KGB.