Trotsky, the hero of the Russian Revolution, was for years venerated like a saint. For him the October Revolution and the civil war were merely stages on the way to his real aim: the world revolution. This film examines Trotsky, the revolutionary; venerated and reviled, loved, hated, feared. Archive material compiled from all over the world, citations and new shoots create an electrifying proximity to the historical person and to the man Leo Trotsky. Stages in his life and eventual flight are carefully examined from St. Petersburg, to Mexico City. This is the riveting political biography of the Revolution's onetime hero.