Quatermain has given up his life of adventure, vowing to leave the natural splendour of Africa to its own people and its destruction to others. His acceptance of an offer from beautiful Elizabeth Maitland holds the promise of an expedition of another sort, to find the desperate womanís missing father who disappeared while searching for the legendary King Solomonís Mines. Quartermain knows the legend of King Solomonís Mines well. He also knows that no living soul who dared to seek out the worldís greatest treasure has ever returned alive. But for Quartermain no challenge is too great or too dangerous.