In 1994, teenager Nicholas Barclay disappeared after playing basketball with his friends in San Antonio, TX. After searching the city for Barclay to no avail, authorities and Nicholas’s family presumed he was murdered, but a body was never discovered. Following years of grieving, the Barclay family received the surprise of their lives. Three years after their son's disappearance, the Barclay's telephone rang, and on the other end of the line was the voice of their son. After the family prompted Nicholas for answers, he claimed to be in Spain, scared, lost, and wanting to come home. Without hesitation, the family insisted that Nicholas fly home, and when he arrived, they welcomed him back with open arms. Suddenly, the family felt whole again, but people around the Barclay family noticed something was not quite right.
The Imposter focuses on the central investigation of Nicholas Barclay's disappearance, as well as the imposter who invaded the Barclay home, claiming to be their long-lost son. Through interviews with the Barclay family and the imposter himself, Frédéric Bourdin, we hear the various stories and emotions of their lost hope and how the imposter was able to trick the Barclay family and the Spanish and American governments. With twists and turns that grip the viewer to the end, The Imposter is a nail-biting must-watch for anyone interested in diving into the mind of Texas’s No. 1 trickster.