It is August 1519. Emperor Moctezuma II has finally decided upon many requests to meet with Hernan Cortes, an ambitious Spanish colonialist.
Another man, Geronimo de Aguilar, accompanies Cortes as his translator. He is a Franciscan priest who survived a shipwreck somewhere off the coast of the Yukatan peninsula a few years back, and until recently had been under the captivity of the Mayans. Moctezuma II has a bad feeling about this meeting, but little does he know, that in a few hours he will be held hostage in his own palace and forced to swear allegiance to Charles V. The air smells like a bad omen. By 1521, Cortes will be the governor of Mexico, projecting the Cortes name legacy centuries ahead into the future.