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Long, long ago, the Caliph of Baghdad declared a great contest to choose the best story-teller. The winner would be covered in wealth and glory.
But the loser — the worst among them — would be condemned to torture and death by impalement… With three years to prepare for the competition, the kingdom’s five greatest story-tellers decide to combine their abilities, traveling together around the world so that each will be able to relate, in his own way, what they have seen. The journey will lead them toward the fateful contest, and its unexpected outcome…