The film starts with Columbus getting funding from the Queen. The Spanish council disapproves, and he even fights with monks. Finally, through a representative, the Queen lets him go on the journey as long as he can bring back gold. He leaves for "Asia," tricking the crewmen that the journey would take only seven weeks. After a futile nine weeks, the crew becomes restless, but Columbus revives their motivation. Finally they see the lush New World. They befriend the natives, get gold, and return to Spain. Columbus receives high honor. However, when he returns, the crewmen he left behind are found killed. The tribe tells Columbus that strangers came and killed them. Not wanting war, Columbus chooses to believe the natives, despite the doubts of his commanding officer. They build San Salvador. Four years later, the commanding officer accuses the natives of lying about gold. War is on the wake. Columbus also finds his house set on fire by settlers. San Salvador is war torn, Columbus' commanding officer takes over the position of governor, and Columbus is ordered to be sent back to Spain. Moreover, after Amerigo Vespucci discovered the mainland, Columbus goes to prison. However, he shows his passion for the New World and the Queen grants him to see it for one last time.