Achilles, "the best of all Greeks," son of the sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong swift, and beautiful-irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay seige to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achillies join their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patriclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel fates test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.