Can a drug dealer one day quit illegal activities and build a successful music business? A prime example of what can be is Lucius Lyon, who left the drug trade in the past and became the CEO of Empire Entertainment. It would seem that such a successful person cannot be frightened by anything, but the suddenly discovered disease succeeds. Soon, Lucius' life will end and he will have to start looking for a worthy successor who will lead the dynasty of Lucius after his death.
The man plunges headlong into the search, and he has three candidates - his sons, one of whom will take over the family business: Empire Entertainment CFO Andre, R&B singer Jamal or rapper Hakim. However, not only Lucius' sons are ready to fight for the right to inherit his empire, also among the rivals is the ex-wife of hip-hop mogul Cookie Lyon, who has only recently been released after 17 years in places not so remote.