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Madrid, 1848. A letter addressed to Don Vega from Father Delgado in California informs him of the deaths of his parents. The priest urges him to come, as his parents’ land and the adjoining gold mines are now in the hands of the former General Borrow.
California, 1849. A Mexican wearing a black mask heads to the church where Borrow’s son is being baptized. His goal is simple: kill the tyrant while drawing on the local myth of Zorro. But Borrow’s henchman Gomez is faster and takes him out.
Eager to make a profit, Borrow plans to get his hands on the Mexicans’ land for a pittance, and then sell it at an exorbitant price. Anyone who is crazy enough to oppose him will be wiped out without hesitation. In a California in the throes of violence and injustice, the villagers make vain attempts to play the part of Zorro, a veritable local symbol of resistance, while they wait for the day when the real masked bringer of justice will come to save them.