The expansion of the SS was the brainchild of Heinrich Himmler. He was the driving force behind the whole dark edifice and was also a believer in the arcane and the occult who felt that Germany's future was shaped by powerful forces rooted in its pagan past. Himmler believed in astrology, ariosophy, cast horoscopes and developed a range of pseudo-masonic rituals that he believed would help to drive his creation towards a new Aryan dawn. This powerful new study of Himmler and his SS Empire presented by Emmy Award winning historian Bob Carruthers revisits this fascinating and often overlooked aspect of the Third Reich. The film incorporates rare footage and photographs with visits to the surviving SS sites today including the Thingplatz at Heidelberg and includes a glimpse of the mysterious inner sanctum of the SS castle at Wewelsburg.