Christian Clavier stars as Napoleon Bonaparte in this detailed television miniseries of how this meagre soldier rose to become the Emperor of France and one of the most powerful men in the world. As Napoleon languishes on St. Helena after his defeat by the British, he narrates his life-story to a young girl, from his humble Corsican origins, his training at the military college in France and his initial involvement in the wars of the Revolution, to his rise to command the revolutionary armies and his seizure of power in 1804. Crowned as Emperor, Napoleon self-consciously emulates the classical Roman style of conquest and government, sweeping aside the European allies at Austerlitz and establishing his own relatives as kings in his conquered territories. After the gamble in Russia fails to pay off, Napoleon is brought low by a combination of European powers and exiled to the island of Elba in 1814. After a year however, Napoleon escapes and rallies new armies, only to be defeated by the British at Waterloo.