When World War II begins, Max Brecendorf, a young German naval officer, fights for his country with honour and courage. Max looks ahead to a bright future with his fiancée. But as the war progresses, the life he envisioned for them grows ever more distant. Max is given command of a U-Boat and comes face-to-face with the terrible reality of warfare in the North Atlantic. As the Third Reich steadily crumbles, Nazi loyalists begin to infiltrate forces. Recognizing what his nation has become, Max is forced to make a choice between his own sense of morality and his duty to the Reich in this sweeping debut saga.