Cadmus, the youngest son of King Agenor, lacked the confidence and leadership qualities which marked a future king. One day, he is assigned to watch over his adventure-seeking sister Europa to make sure that she doesn't run off to the local carnival. But Europa, having dreamt that a white bull would take her off to unknown lands, sneaks away to find her destiny, urging her brother to find his, too.
At the carnival, Europa finds her White Bull, the beast that no mortal man has ever ridden. Amazingly, the White Bull lets Europa on his back. But what no one knows is that the White Bull belongs to Zeus. Determined to show this impetuous mortal what it really means to ride his creation, Zeus hurls down a thunderbolt which strikes the bull, causing it to ride Europa right off a cliff and into the sea. With the help and advice of goddess Athena, Cadmus gains the courage to travel across a dangerous sea and a vast desert in a desperate search to find his sister. Learning of this courageous boy, a tribe of wandering nomads become convinced that Cadmus is the one destined to be their leader, and to defeat a terrible monster which has prevented them from settling on their land. Cadmus does not consider himself a ruler, but he only wants to find his sister and to go home. But fate has other plans, as Europa, having become lost in the desert, arrives at the very spring where the monster lies in wait. Cadmus discovers that Europa has been taken by the beast. Rising above his fears, he enters the monster's watery lair, conquers the beast and rescues his sister. With new-found confidence, Cadmus builds the city of Thebes on that very spring, proving himself worthy to be a king after all.
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