Moscow 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power. At the forefront of the machinations is NKVD Chief Lavrenti Beria, the most feared man in the USSR after Stalin. Council member Nikita Khrushchev does his best to maintain order and thwart Beria’s plans.