Catherine the Great was born into German nobility and married into Russian. She overthrew her own husband and ruled 18th century Russia for over 30 years. She undertook vast political reforms, fought multiple wars with the Ottomans, and advanced the country's border all the way to the Black Sea. And what is the true story behind one of history's most provocative legends--that of Catherine the Great's death? Interviews with prominent scholars and historians, stylistic recreations, and historical images help shed light on one of the greatest female monarchs of world history and bring 18th century Russia to life.