One summer's day a stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement. He is killed by one of the chief's sons in the old temple. The mysterious treasure, assumed by some to be a gift from the gods, causes great dissension within the tribe. Three brothers perceive it in a different way but they share one dream. Lengar, the warrior, knows it can fuel his ambition to be a great ruler and take power for his tribe. The second son has the vision to see that the building of a vast temple will create a place for the gods but also confirm the power of the people who build it. But it is the third son, the man of peace, the lover of the sun bride, who will be the creator and the master-builder of the Temple of Shadows.