Beneath the Rock by Tommy Birk begins in Germany. It is almost the end of the Second World War and the Germans know they are losing but some of them believe there is life after the Third Reich. Gunther Balbach works for SS Major Hans Peiper. Their unit captures a group of Americans and has no plans to keep them prisoner. Major Peiper intends to execute them. One of the Americans, Ernie Balbach, turns out to be a distant cousin of Gunther. Gunther decides to aid Ernie in an escape attempt so that he can surrender to Ernie and the two of them can deliver information to the Americans about the postwar plans of several Nazis. The plans envision the building of a Great Reich throughout the world and achieving world domination through economic and political means while using military means sparingly for enforcement of new rules.