Prince Hector and his young brother Paris negotiate peace between Troy and Sparta. Paris has fallen in love with Helen, the wife of king Menelaus, and smuggles her to Troy. Infuriated, Menelaus vows revenge approaching his brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae who has conquered and now commands every army in Greece. Agamemnon, who has wanted to conquer Troy for years, uses this as a justification to invade Troy. General Nestor asks him to take the legendary warrior Achilles. Odysseus, king of Ithaca, asks Achilles to fight, and Achilles visits his mother Thetis for advice. She tells him that should he stay he'll live a happy life but will be forgotten when he dies. If he goes to Troy he will find great glory and be remembered, but he will die. Wanting his name to be remembered Achilles chooses to go, with his cousin Patroclus accompanying him.