Jason and the Golden Fleece



John Olive adapts Greek myth in Jason and the Golden Fleece. Treachery, betrayal, and vengeance -- these are the hallmarks of Jason's tale. When he was but a baby, his own uncle murdered his parents. Jason returns to Thessaly to avenge their deaths and reclaim the throne. Despite his youth and inexperience, Jason makes a bargain with his uncle: He will sail in search of the famed golden fleece in return for the crown. With his young crew, the untried Hercules and budding poet Orpheus, as ready as they will ever be, the sailors begin their voyage. This is the chance to become the heroes of legend, if only they knew what that meant or how to go about it. Their quest takes the three naive warriors to lands cursed and deceptively sweet, where they must fight ferocious supernatural creatures. But when they finally make their destination, the land of the golden fleece, Jason finds his strength and captures his treasure. Once back home, Jason honors his bargain and hands over the prize. His uncle tries to betray him again, so Jason has no choice but to enter into a pitched battle of clashing swords. Realizing that he has become a hero after all, Jason vanquishes his uncle and is crowned king. In a noble gesture, Jason has the golden fleece destroyed, determined to rule his people by his own even hand.

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