Semi-historical, semi mythological telling of the Dracula story set in 15th century Romania. Prince Vlad Tepes (Rudolf Martin) has returned to Romania from a long war with the Turks only to find his father murdered by the scheming Turkish Sultan who brings medieval Romania under his uncompromising control. Vlad's brother capitulates to the new ruler but Vlad holds out through torture, eventually escaping and starting a counter Turkish force made up of Romanian peasants. The ensuing violence earns Vlad his epithet 'the Impaler'. Meanwhile his young wife Lidia (Jane March) struggles to reconcile Vlad's darker and darker temperament with what he is trying to achieve.