Lions for Lambs is a story woven around an idealistic professor and two students at a West Coast university, Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pea). Professor Dr. Malley (Robert Redford) tries to motivate them to do something significant with their lives. Meanwhile, the charismatic congressman Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise) gets in touch with inquiring veteran T.V. journalist (Meryl Streep). Will she reveal anything about congressman and his new military plan for Afghanistan? Where would their professor`s motivation lead Arian and Ernest?