Nicky Red was always an uptight right wing conservative Republican. His "be prepared for anything" attitude is what enabled his family to survive the apocalypse. Now that they are running low on food and moral will they stay in the same place they have been cooped up in since Armageddon, or will they look to rebuild society.
Nicky's older son Richie is a left wing Democrat, causing them too often but heads. Can they put their difference in beliefs behind them for the sake of their family's survival? Nicky's younger son, Robert, and his promiscuous girlfriend, Giselle, have also survived and are residing in the compound Nicky has constructed out of there old house. With tons of adventure and a good amount of laughs When the Balloon Goes Up is not only a social commentary on contemporary politics, it is also a great action-adventure film.