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In 10th-century Spain Fernán Gonzáles, a Castilian nobleman, emerges from a self-imposed exile after the death of his older brother, the ruler of the city of Lara. Assisted by his loyal companion, Jerónimo, he leads a resistance army against the ruthless Navarrese troops and the Moors. After becoming enamored of the beautiful Sancha, the niece of Queen Teresa of León, Fernán kills Sancha's father, Don Sancho, the ruthless King of Navarre, who has attacked the Castilians in Valpierre. Fernán orders the dead of both sides to be buried together in the hope that this act will be accepted as a gesture of peace, but the late ruler's son and new king betrays Fernán and imprisons him in a dungeon. Aided by Sancha, he escapes and is reunited with Jerónimo to lead his small partisan force in a series of raids against the invading Moors. The vast Moorish army assembles under the command of Adberramán for an attack against the Castilians, but two patron saints of Spain, Millan and Santiago, come to earth in human form and counsel Fernán. Fortified by this divine intervention, the Castilians are able to rout the Moors. Following the victory the patron saints gallop into the sky, carrying with them the dead body of Jerónimo. The Castilians and the Navarrese come to a harmonious agreement, and Fernán and Sancha prepare for a peaceful rule over the grateful Castilian people.