In 1979 Saddam seized control of Iraq in a bloody coup. The mini-series details the impact of Saddam's political ambitions and belief in his own historical significance on his most trusted advisors, closest friends and family members. Within the walls of the opulent palaces and on the streets of Iraq, respect and love are interwoven with fear as Saddam (Igal Naor) exerts his dominance. Maintaining power for almost 25 years in the face of mounting domestic and international pressures, Saddam demonstrates an amazing aptitude for survival. Eventually, however, the 'House of Saddam' begins to crumble, and as its leader becomes increasingly isolated from the international community and those nearest to him, his grip on reality and on power fades.