Esteban is called one day to the bedside of Brother Rodriguez. Before dying, the old monk wants to reveal all he knows of Esteban's history.
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In the hold of the ship, Esteban and Zia make friends with each other. Zia tells Esteban that Mendoza is a wicked man who kidnapped her so that she would shop him the way to the Cities of Gold.
The Esperanza is drawing closer to the Strait of Magellan and prepares to get through. Mendoza, calm and confident, gives orders to his two henchmen Sancho and Pedro, each as cowardly as the other but determined to hide the fact. The crew is equally terrified.
A huge tornado is blowing down on the Esperanza. The wind is so strong that the crew have to bind themselves down. Mendoza hands the wheel to Perez and goes below to look for Esteban and Zia who are still prisoners in the hold. Gomez orders Gaspard to fetch Zia in order to hand her over safe to Pizarro, but Sancho stops him from passing. Afraid that they will go down with the ship, Gomes and his men flee the Esperanza and abandon Esteban and his friends.
Esteban, Zia, Mendoza, Pedor and Sancho land on the island that they have seen from their raft. From what they can work out, it seems that the island is part of the Galapagos archipelago.
Tao, now very hospitable to his new friends, shows them his tree fort. He tells them that he is the descendant of the people of Mu, a race of high civilisation, whose empire was destroyed by a terrible disaster. The Emperor of Mu had foreseen this and had built seven cities of gold so that one day his descendants could live happily in a new world. The Emperor has also predicted that a young dark-eyed girl would come to the island and lead the descendants of Mu to the lands of the east.
On board the Solaris, the little band sails away from the Galapagos Islands. Tao bids farewell to the island that he will never see again, taking with him only his parrot Pichu.
In a bay near Tumbes where they have taken shelter for the night, our friends are surprised by Spanish soldiers and borne off to the fortress. Pizarro threatens Zia with torture if she does not decipher a quipu that he shows her.
Esteban and his friends have hardly left the bay when they meet the Saint Miguel, a Spanish warship under the command of Gomez and Gaspard, which begins to fire at them.
Overcome by the loss of the Solaris, our friends decide to go to Zia's village. But in order to get there, they will have to go through the fort of Tumbes, where Pizarro and his soldiers are stationed. In the fort, they must find an ancient priest, Pacha, who is the only living man to know the way to Zia's village.
Esteban, Zia and Tao walk through the mountains in the direction of Zia's village. They are being followed by two men, both of whom are strangely dressed, wearing clothes such as Zia has never seen any Inca wearing before. They shake the two men off their trail, however, and arrive at last at Zia's village. But to their great distress, they realise that it is deserted.
Esteban, Tao and Zia, led by Vaina and Ketcha, are heading towards the Old Peak when they realise that they are being followed by Gomez and Gaspard, accompanied by Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro.
No one in Machu-Pichu knows where the City of Gold is. Tao finds a blazon, engraved in a stone, representing the sun, at the bottom of a well, but no one knows what it means except perhaps Mayucca, an old man who knows a multitude of the Inca legends.
Esteban and his friends now know where the City of Gold is, but first they have to get back Mendoza's half of the pendant. So the three children set off for the Fort of the Black Eagle, accompanied by Vaina and Ketcha.
Esteban and his friends are now trapped with Mendoza, Pedro and Sancho in the Fort of the Black Eagle, surrounded by Gomez's men. Our friends attack the Spanish twice. First they draw up the stolen cannon, but the ammunition runs out very quickly. They then begin to use vases filled with gun powder as cannon balls. These unexpected attacks take Gomez's men by surprise and they draw back but, determined to take the Fort, they prepare for a second attack.
At the old Peak, Esteban, Zia and Tao find Mendoza and his two companions with Chief Kraka. Offering to guide them, Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro set off with the three children to find the Cities of Gold.
Heading for the mountains of Pacha Mama Esteban and his friends come across Kuruga who has been wounded. He is laying on the ground, abandoned by his people because he failed in his attack on the village. Taking pity on him, the children give him their water.
Having fallen asleep beside the Great Condor, Esteban and his friends are awoken by an earthquake. While Mendoza, Pedro and Sancho head down below the temple to try to discover what is happening, Esteban and Tao climb up the condor in order to see the quipu that Pichu has discovered in the giant bird's beak.
Esteban and his friends are flying on board the Great Condor but they have no idea of how to pilot the bird. Terrified, they eventually realise that it is following the course of the sun.
Esteban and his friends fly towards the Old Peak, where Esteban is hoping to tell Kraka everything that has happened on the mountain of the goddess Pacha Mama and to show him the Great Condor. Mendoza for his part hopes that Kraka will show them the way to the land of the Maya.
The Great Condor is flying over the Amazon forest. Esteban makes the bird fly low so that they can all admire the river. Suddenly the sky is covered with clouds that hide the sun. The Condor, no longer finding any energy on which to fly, comes lower and lower, in spite of Esteban's efforts at the controls.
In the palace of the Queen Sabbat, our friends are well looked after. However, the Priestess Omuro is very hostile towards them. She tries to persuade the Queen that Esteban and his friends having failed to be executed, they would have to sacrifice Morka, the Queen's favourite to the Rain God.
The Great Condor flies over the sea towards the land of the Mayas. Suddenly the bird loses height. It flies down to the ground and into an immense grotto. The nose of the bird goes down to pierce an opening in the rocks, revealing a staircase that our friends proceed to climb.
In spite of the previous day's adventures, Tao goes back into the underground grotto to study the mystery of the jade mask. Putting his face to the eye of the mask, Tao makes out some inscriptions that he can read. He presses on the stones indicated by the inscriptions and suddenly the ground rises up, showing a stone sarcophagus.
In their flight, Esteban, Tao and Zia arrive before a lake with what appears to be gold lining the bottom. To investigate, the children draw near and are soon taken by a group of Indians led by the Doctor and Marinché. The children have desecrated the holy source and must be sacrificed in a ceremony of purification.
Under a burning sun, Esteban and his friends inch forward over the plain of the land of the Mayas. They are looking for the Swamp of the Rain God that is mentioned in the manuscript.
Having found the statue of the winged serpent, our friends continue into the forest. They hear a dreadful noise coming from the wind on the enormous cliffs that they find when they emerge. Suddenly a large rock falls from high up, just missing Mendoza, followed by many smaller ones. They escape from this avalanche and Zia then notices the entry to a grotto.
On their way to the forest of stone statues, our friends spot the Doctor and Marinchè in the company of Teteola who must have freed them in the meantime.
Heading through the jungle, Esteban and his friends spot the mountain they are seeking. They are surprised that it is neither shaped like a shield nor smoking.
Inside the Olmeque base again, the friends learn that the crystal tower has properties of combining natural heat and light to produce energy. They are told that by increasing the power supply to the heart of the crystal, the Olmeques could cause the volcano to erupt and change the entire climate.
Our friends are fleeing from the Olmeques but are surrounded. Suddenly a shower of arrows attacks the Olmeques, who scatter. The little group's saviours are Wanacocha, Maina's fiancée, and his men. Wanacocha's tribe, Maina explains, is the only one to have sworn to oppose the Olmeques by any means.
The Olmeques, armed with torches, head for Wanacocha's village to attack it.
The Great Condor lands at the village of the tribe of the New Sun. A crowd has gathered around Papacamayo and Mendoza tells the children that the chief is wounded.
At dawn the Mayas attack. Tao and Esteban in the village prepare the Great Condor to do battle too.
Esteban, Zia and Tao are waiting outside the base when Gaspard and Gomez take them by surprise and demand to be taken to the Cities of Gold.
As the Olmeque war machine rises into the air from the depths of the temple, the Maya soldiers flee, terrified. It begins to wreak havoc with its beams of powerful light.
Mendoza, having crash-landed the condor, has escaped to find Pedor and Sancho. He explains to his two friends how he has spotted an island in the lake at the exact spot indicated by Papacamayo as the site of the City of gold...but Menator has spotted the island too.
Menator orders the separation of the Olmeqque machine. One segment destroys the outer Gate of the City of Gold.
Menator and Kalmeque regain their base and set up the vase, the Great Olmeque Inheritance, as their eternal source of power.