Soekarno is based on the life of Sukarno which covers the period from his childhood until his historical Proclamation of Indonesian Independence. In 1931, the Dutch East Indies government in Java Island captures Sukarno, an aspiring young nationalist who wants to free Indonesia from Dutch colonial rule. He is then placed in Banceuy Prison at Bandung, Indonesia. Sukarno finds a way to fight back by delivering his famous defense oration "Indonesia Accuses!" (Indonesia Menggugat) in his trial at Bandung Laandraad Courthouse.