The darkest days of World War II set the backdrop for this epic story about the turbulent life and death of BenitoPressed by his advisors and Germany's Hitler to rid himself of the rebellious Ciano, II Duce is forced to sign the order for his son-in-law's arrest for high treason. But Edda holds Ciano's incriminating diaries that can spell doom for Il Duce and his fascist cause. This four part factual drama reveals the dictator as a complex but flawed leader-a hero to his people, a traitor to his country and a loving father who allows politics to force him to doom the son-in-law whom he loves dearly. Most telling is the dictator's impassioned admiration of Hitler-the flaw that eventually seals his fate. Mussolini, Italy's fascist dictator known as II Duce.