97 years after nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only known survivors are aboard a space station called The Ark. Criminals are normally ejected into space, but with life support failing, a group of 100 young criminals are sent back to Earth to see if it habitable
The Last Ship is the story of the U.S.S. Nathan James and her crew. Returning from a 4 month mission to the Arctic where they were escorting two scientists who are researching a cure for a virus. The virus they find out upon their return has spread to pandemic proportions and has killed off a significant portion of the human race, and so the race to find a cure is hotter than ever.