To great critical acclaim, cinemagician Youssef Chahine delivers a rip-roaring adventure filled with romance, treachery, swashbuckling and outrageous musical dance numbers. When a disciple of Averroes (a great 12th century philosopher) is burned at the stake of heresy, his young son Joseph journeys to Andalusia to study with his father's mentor. In Andalusia, Averroes and his students are clashing with an evil sheik that is guiding a group of brainwashed fundamentalists to power. Once protected by the ruling caliph, Averroes finds his life in jeopardy when the caliph concedes to the evil sheik's influence and orders all of Averroes' books to be burned. With Joseph's help, Averroes' disciples unite in a frantic race to ensure the enlightment impressions of their mentor endure.