Highlights the life and political career of the man who reformed the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. Old friends and classmates share memories of his growing up in a small village, his rise in the Communist Party, and his eventual desire to effect change within it. Gorbachev himself speaks candidly about his life and the radical reforms he initiated that eventually dissolved the Soviet Union. Focuses on his years as leader of Russia and his eventual ban from government. He remains a man who changed his country and thus the world.