England, 1941. Germany, having successfully invaded in 1940, is now in control of the UK. The SS now run the country but for general law and order, a famed Scotland Yard detective. Archer walks a thin line, as his job requires him to work closely with the despised SS, the vanguard of Nazi fascism. To some this makes him a traitor. An English resistance movement exists but Archer believes that resistance is futile and will only lead to further bloodshed. Then a murder case draws him into the struggle, and into a plot of international proportions.
Did You Know?
In actual history, it was two refugee Jewish scientists in Britain who made the key breakthrough. The Frisch-Peierls memorandum of March 1940 revealed that a nuclear weapon could be made with about a kilogram of material, rather than several tons as most people believed then.
Neither are mentioned, but the circulating documents might be a development of their work. See more
The SS are aware that Detective Archer does not share their beliefs, and that his wife was killed by German bombing. Yet they choose to keep him as the chief local policeman on a case they view as enormously important.
In actual history, all occupied countries had some police who were pro-Nazi. See more