Joseph Goebbels (Paul Andor) is a struggling playwright besotted with Maria (Claudia Drake), the daughter of his landlord, Col. Brandt (H.B. Warner). She rebuffs Goebbels' advances, and he is thrown out. At his lowest ebb, he overhears a young Adolf Hitler speak and becomes an instant admirer. When Goebbels becomes Hitler's minister of propaganda, he grows drunk on his limitless power. For revenge, he has Col. Brandt killed and then uses his power to cruelly manipulate Maria.