With the demise of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas, many relics documenting the history of these ancient American empires were lost to time. Their traces are now buried in the remains of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan in today's Mexico City, the temple buildings of the Maya or the Inca fortress Machu Picchu. This has led to many myths about their impressive rise and tragic fall.
In three episodes – each dedicated to one of these great civilisations – "Children of the Sun" shines a light on these influential peoples with the help of state-of-the-art technology. The picture that is revealed is both shocking and fascinating: While their gruesome practices – including human sacrifices – are far from being mere fiction, their advancements in the fields of mathematics, astronomy or craftsmanship still astonish experts today.