13 Hours takes place during a volatile time in Libya, shortly after the overthrow and murder of their dictator, Muammar Guadaffi in 2011. Various factions began their scramble for power, starting with raiding the government arsenals for high-powered weaponry, as other countries, sensing the instability that could lead to atrocities, pulled out of their embassies in the area. The U.S. did keep a small outpost of diplomats in the city of Benghazi, as well as a hidden CIA annex not far away that was under the protection of a small band of armed ex-Special Forces contractors working for a CIA-funded organization called Global Response Staff. Former Navy SEAL Jack Silva is the new guy in the group of six beefy, bearded men, led by Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods, and this time out proves to be the most dangerous contract work for everyone involved.
On September 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the ‘9/11’ attacks, a group of local radicals lay siege on a building housing the United States Ambassador, Chris Stevens, while the security company is ordered to stand down by their boss there. Eventually, they can’t stand idle anymore and decide to ‘go rogue’ to help their fellow Americans in need, but too late to stave off the major damage that is done. The fatigued men end up having to scramble back to the hidden CIA base when the armed militias are determined to attack there as well, but they’re grossly outnumbered. The men do the best they can against overwhelming odds to minimize casualties during the prolonged firefight while waiting for outside help that seems slow to arrive.