In the last year of the Trojan war, Penthesilia, an Amazon war captain, leads a contingent of fierce Amazon warriors to Troy, to ally with the great city against the Achaean forces. She wins victory in her battles with Achaeans and inspires the Trojan army anew.
Her battles with Achilles are the greatest of all. Who will be the victor? The ruthless Achilles or the merciless Penthesilia? Both born under auspicious signs, both rumored to be the offspring of an immortal, and both matchless warriors, unrelenting in their bloodlust. Victory is within their reach, all they have to do is win the fight. Mortals and Immortals watch breathless for the outcome.
And then one day Achilles is gone. As the Amazons trample the Achaean army, she is driven to find out what happened to Achilles, why is he absent from the field?
Adopting the disguise of a poverty stricken battle follower, Penthesilia ventures deep into enemy territory to collect tactical information and find out about Achilles. Successful in her endeavor she speaks with him and finds out he isn’t fighting because of an insult from Agamemnon, involving a woman. She laughs at him and he laughs with her, they mock love and the Goddess Aphrodite.
Furious at the conversation of these two great warriors, Aphrodite retaliates and sends her son Eros with two arrows imbued with a love so potent and consuming, it will have only one outcome, destruction.
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