Set against the ochre sands, looming cliffs and baking heat of Egypt's Valley of the Kings, this ambitious, sweeping saga is based on the compelling personal story of Howard Carter, the eminent British archaeologist who found the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun. Down at his heels archaeologist Howard Carter (Max Irons) stumbles upon evidence of an undiscovered tomb of one of Egypt's forgotten Pharaohs, Tutankhamun. Other archaeologists dismiss Carter's theories as impossible, a romantic dream: The valley, they say, has been dug out. Only one man believes in Carter's dream, and puts up the money he needs: Lord Carnarvon (Sam Neill), a born gambler and thrill-seeker. Together, this unlikely pair overcome all odds - corrupt officials, rival digs, war, revolution - in pursuit of this impossible dream.