Renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain (Patrick Swayze) has given up the life of an adventurer, vowing to leave the natural splendour of Africa to its own people and its destruction to others. But his acceptance of a handsome offer from beautiful Elizabeth Maitland (Alison Doody) holds the promise of an expedition of another sort - to find the desperate woman's missing father who disappeared in Africa while searching for the legendary King Solomon's Mines. Quatermain knows the legend of King Solomon well. He also knows that no living soul who dared to seek out the world's greatest treasure has ever returned alive. But for Quatermain and his band of hardy adventurers no challenge is too great or too dangerous.