Season 1 Episode 1 (A New World)
Draft Treatment by Jeronimo Bertran
OCEAN NEAR COAST – NIGHT
Screen Title: July 1519 – Chalchihuecan (Now Veracruz)
From the ocean, a dot of light in the distance shines in the horizon. As we get closer we notice it is a fire. In the darkness, a Maya boy is watching the flames from the jungle. He seems worried. As we get closer, what seemed to be a bonfire on the shore now reveals itself as a burning Spanish caravel. Two bodies are hanging from the ship’s yard, engulfed in flames. From the shore, 33-year-old Hernán Cortés watches the ship burn. His expression is solemn, resolved and proud. The men around him look at the burning ships and at Hernán Cortés in disbelief. We can sense fear in their faces. From Hernán Cortés’ expression of determination, we transition to the next scene.
HERNÁN CORTÉS’ HOUSE – DAY
Screen Title: 17 Years Earlier – Medellin, Spain
Sixteen-year-old Hernán Cortés is watching the fire on a candle as if waiting for something. His mother Doña Catalina Pizarro is impatient but says no word. The front door opens, and a draft puts out the candle. Hernán Cortés gets up immediately. His father, Martín Hernán Cortés de Monroy, enters the house furiously. Martín Hernán Cortés is furious at his son because he has abandoned the school in Salamanca and has returned home. He claims that they have worked hard for him to get an education and, being as smart as he is, expect him to become a lawyer. Now they learn that he quit his studies. Hernán Cortés argues that school is not for him and that he wants to travel and explore the New World. He is confident that he will find wealth and glory in this expedition and assures his father that he will provide for them more than they can imagine. Hernán Cortés argues that he can travel to the Indies with Nicolás de Ovando who they know and is being sent there as a Governor. His adolescent dreams infuriate his father even more, who insists that they may not be rich, but that they have worked for him to receive an education in law, which is the richest and most honorable career of all, and they will not allow him to go into these childish adventures. Hernán Cortés gets angry at his father and tells him that he will live his legend and prove him wrong. Hernán Cortés leaves the house. Doña Catalina comes to the side of her husband to try to calm him down. They both have a very worrisome look as Hernán Cortés walks away.
MEDELLIN TOWN – DAWN
Hernán Cortés meets with an old friend named Gonzalo de Umbría who is about the same age as Hernán Cortés and the son of a pilot who has traveled to the Indies. Hernán Cortés immediately asks him about his father’s journeys. Gonzalo de Umbría tells Hernán Cortés that they are bringing back pearls, precious stones, gold, silver, spices, and other objects and merchandise. He tells Hernán Cortés that his father is still away but he himself is becoming a pilot. Gonzalo de Umbría asks Hernán Cortés about his school in Salamanca. Hernán Cortés explains to him that he is not going back to the school and that he is meeting Nicolás de Ovando at noon to ask him to go with him in a few weeks towards the Indies.
A young woman in her twenties who seems happy to see Hernán Cortés, approaches the young men. She notices how much Hernán Cortés has grown since he left for Salamanca. She tells him that he should come over to her house soon. Hernán Cortés insists that he can’t today since he has a very important meeting at noon.
HOUSE IN MEDELLIN – DAWN
Young Hernán Cortés is in bed making love to the woman he met in town. After they finish they lay down in bed together. The church bell sounds and Hernán Cortés realizes he is going to be late for his meeting with Ovando. He gets up quickly and starts getting dressed when they hear somebody arriving downstairs. It is the woman’s husband. She tells him to get out through the window. Hernán Cortés gets dressed quickly and exits through the window. He starts walking along a badly cemented wall of the garden, but it gives way with him.
At the noise made by the falling wall, the husband runs out and seeing Hernán Cortés lying near the door, he goes after him sword in hand. Hernán Cortés gets up but is in a lot of pain, limps away and hops in the back of a moving carriage that is transporting wood right before the woman’s husband can catch him. The man yells at him that he will find him. Hernán Cortés lays hurting on top of the wood on the carriage.
OVANDO’S HOUSE – DAY
A servant announces Mr. Hernán Cortés to Nicolás de Ovando who is working on his desk and, still looking at the papers he is reading, tells Hernán Cortés that he is late. He lifts his head and looks at Hernán Cortés. Hernán Cortés is dirty, with cuts and is clearly trying to hide his pain. He apologizes for being late and confirms to Ovando that he wishes to go with him in his journey to the Indies. Ovando tell him that he can use young, bright men like him and asks him if his father approves of him leaving. Hernán Cortés tells Ovando that his father is the one that suggested the idea. Ovando smiles as he knows he is lying. He tells him to be ready to leave in two weeks.
Hernán Cortés thanks him and limps away. He leaves the house and stops trying to pretend he isn’t hurting. He can’t take another step. He falls to the ground in pain.
HERNÁN CORTÉS’ HOUSE – DAY
Hernán Cortés is in bed. The doctor has just finished checking him and his mother and father are in the room. The doctor tells Doña Catalina that Hernán Cortés needs to stay in bed for at least a month. Hernán Cortés complains that he needs to leave in a few days with Nicolás de Ovando. The doctor assures him that it is out of the question. Martín urges Hernán Cortés to forget about his silly adventures and tells him that his place is in a school in Salamanca and not on a ship to who-knows-where.
Screen Title: 1 Year Later
MEDELLIN TOWN – DAY
Hernán Cortés, now 18 years old, seems unhappy in Medellín, Gonzalo de Umbría arrives with great news. He tells Hernán Cortés that a ship belonging to Alonso Quintero is sailing in one weeks from Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Hispaniola. Gonzalo de Umbría’s father has put in a good word for Hernán Cortés and the captain has agreed to take him. Hernán Cortés is jubilant and thanks his friend. Gonzalo de Umbría informs Hernán Cortés that he must hurry and get to Sanlúcar de Barrameda before they sail and asks him how will he get there. Hernán Cortés replies that it might take him 6 days walking. Hernán Cortés hugs his friend and, as he starts to run off, Gonzalo de Umbría also warns Hernán Cortés that more than one jealous husband has been asking questions about him. Hernán Cortés acts as if he has done nothing wrong and waves.
HERNÁN CORTÉS’ HOUSE – DAY
Hernán Cortés is in his room packing a few essentials in a bag. He gets some money that he has hidden in his room. He looks out the window and notices a man on a horse approaching the house. It is the husband of the woman Hernán Cortés has been seeing. The man gets off his horse and sword in hand knocks furiously on the door. Hernán Cortés’s father opens the door. The man asks if Hernán Cortés lives in the house. Martín Hernán Cortés tells the man that his son is upstairs in his room and before he can ask who it is that wants to talk to him, the man goes in the house and up the stairs with both of Hernán Cortés’s parents following behind. The man opens the bedroom door but there is nobody there. Hernán Cortés’ parents come in the room as well and they all look out the open window. Hernán Cortés is on the man’s horse and starts to gallop away while waving goodbye.
SHIP AT PORT IN SANTO DOMINGO – DAWN
Hernán Cortés is sailing on a ship that belongs to Alonso Quintero. It is getting dark and Hernán Cortés lights a lamp before looking towards the horizon with eyes determined to seek for adventure. We see the sails of the ship swollen by the wind, they blend with the clouds, which are being fiercely blown by the wind.
MOCTEZUMA’S PALACE – NIGHT
Transition to a strong wind blowing through Moctezuma’s window, blowing the cotton curtains that swell very much like the ship’s sails. We see the emperor sleeping. Clouds come in through the window and swallow the bed of the emperor and everything in the bedroom. We now see the emperor is dreaming and is very disturbed in his sleep. He starts coughing as if chocking. There is a lot of wind coming through the window and blowing the curtains like in the dream. The wind wakes up the emperor, he seems to be in panic.
MOCTEZUMA’S PALACE – COUNCIL – DAY
Several noblemen, including Tlazopilli, are reunited at the palace. They are talking about their next military campaign against their Tlaxcalteca enemies. Moctezuma comes in. They all quiet down and make the due reverences. Nobody dares to look at the emperor, as this is punished by death. Moctezuma tells the council that he had a strange dream and demands to see his dreamer, Meztli. A young dreamer hurries in and comes to Moctezuma. Moctezuma tells Meztli that he dreamed of extremely strong winds from the east bringing the biggest clouds ever seen. The clouds engulfed the whole city, the whole lake, and finally everything burst into fire. Everyone quiets down in shock. The dreamer, reluctantly tells Moctezuma that Quetzalcoatl is back, and he will destroy the world. Moctezuma seems very scared.
He reminds the council of the utmost importance of capturing enough brave Tlaxcalteca warriors, to offer in sacrifice, so that they may keep this world alive for longer. Moctezuma’s young brother, Cuitláhuac argues that the war with the Tlaxcaltecas is already very bloody. He argues that if they join forces with Tlaxcala, they will become much more powerful. Their cousin, Cuauhtémoc, agrees with Cuitláhuac and tells Moctezuma that he has been in battle many times with the Tlaxcaltecas and has captured many enemies for sacrifice. Tlaxcaltecas are very strong and he believes they should try to find a way to make them their allies.
Moctezuma reminds them that they, the Aztecs, are entrusted with the task of keeping this world alive but promises to consider Cuitláhuac’s suggestion. This is delivered in a passionate speech. The council praises the Tlatoani.
SHIP AT PORT IN SANTO DOMINGO – DAY
Quintero’s ship arrives in Santo Domingo and Hernán Cortés is greeted by a man named Medina who is one of Governor Ovando’s secretaries. As Medina is explaining the conditions of the island, Hernán Cortés pays more attention to the women walking at the port.
OVANDO’S OFFICE – DAY
Ovando receives Hernán Cortés in his office and introduces him to Diego Velázquez and Hugo de Cáceres. Ovando jokes to Hernán Cortés that he notices that he is clean and not limping. Ovando speaks very highly of Hernán Cortés and his sense of adventure and Velázquez invites him to join him shortly in a campaign against provinces of Española that have not been pacified. Ovando informs Hernán Cortés that he has named him notary of the town of Azúa and that he would have some land and Indians at his disposal. Velázquez seems friendly with Hernán Cortés but Hugo de Cáceres doesn’t seem to be happy with Ovando giving him so many concessions.
TLAZOPILLI’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Inside the noble house of Tlazopilli everyone is getting ready for Yolotli to deliver her baby. The house is one story high composed of two structures and made of stone and white-washed plaster. The interior walls are of stucco painted with colorful murals and everything is very clean. The first structure is comprised of a single room with a perfectly level floor divided into four areas. The bed area is where the entire family sleeps. The kitchen area has a metlatl, a flat stone for grinding corn, and a comal, a clay dish for baking tortillas. A separate area is designated for eating and it is where Tlazopilli’s family would sit, eat, and discuss the events of the day. The last area has the family shrine containing figurines of gods.
The second adjoining structure is a temazcal or steam bath. Next to the bath area, a chimney and a stove are found. The hot walls of the stove maintain the room’s heat. Yolotli is squatting while the midwife Amoxtli is kneeling behind embracing and talking to her. Two other women servants are assisting Amoxtli in the process. From time to time, one of the women pours water on the stove’s wall to produce steam. The other woman is cleaning Yolotli’s body and giving her a cup of tea to drink. Outside the room, Tlazopilli is waiting impatiently.
Yolotli continues to push as the midwife gives her instructions. A baby girl is born and starts crying immediately. Tlazopilli comes into the room with a big smile on his face. One of the servants takes the baby and cleans her before handing her over to Tlazopilli. The midwife continues to embrace Yolotli and now has a worrisome look. Yolotli is still in labor and continues to push in pain. Tlazopilli’s face turns to terror. A baby boy is born.
Yolotli begins crying in fear. She is laid down on a mat on the floor while the servant cleans the baby boy. The midwife begins saying that they have just been visited by Xolotl, the god of deformed children and twins, as she grabs a knife that she has next to other tools and cloths. She proceeds to the baby boy before Tlazopilli asks her to wait. The midwife reminds Tlazopilli that twins are a mortal threat to their parents. Allowing twin babies to live meant the end of the parent’s life and they should send one of them back to the gods. Tlazopilli acknowledges that he knows this. He looks at his wife Yolotli who is still crying and as the midwife is about to slay the baby boy, he gives the midwife the baby girl in his arms to be slayed instead.
The midwife looks at Tlazopilli and agrees. She grabs the knife and as she is about to slay the baby, a big light appears outside. In the night sky, a large star is seen traveling with a long arrow of light. It is a comet. Everyone is in fear. The midwife and Tlazopilli notice a birthmark on the baby girl’s shoulder. It resembles a star with a long tail, like the comet. Tlazopilli stops the midwife and tells her that this is a sign and that the girl should not be killed. He tells her that they will name her Citlalin meaning Arrow Star.
The midwife is afraid. She sees the birthmark again and tells Tlazopilli that it is no longer just the parents who could die. The child is a bad omen brought by the arrow star and she would bring the world to an end. Tlazopilli argues otherwise and the midwife, reluctantly, lowers the knife. Tlazopilli picks up the baby and looks her in the eyes. The reflection of the light of the comet can be seen on Citlalin’s eyes. The midwife looks at Citlalin in fear and hides the knife under her belt.
MOCTEZUMA’S PALACE – NIGHT
At the same time, inside the emperor’s palace, Moctezuma is woken up in urgency. He gets up and rushes to the top of his palace followed by numerous people including Cuitláhuac and Cuauhtémoc. He walks out to the terrace and watches the star flying over the sky. He fears what is coming. He tells Cuitláhuac that this proves he was right and that they must intensify the war with the Tlaxcaltecas.
Xolotl, the Twin, the Shapeshifter. The filthy, skeletal, monstrous and deformed dog-like deity, with ragged ears and backward feet. Identified with sickness, misfortune and physical deformity. He is the twin of the glorious feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl and carries his conch-like ehecailacacozcatl or wind jewel.
Today, Xolotl is responsible for accompanying the dead to Mictlan, their final journey after death. Xolotl also guards the sun as it makes its way through the underworld every night.
But long ago, it was Xolotl who accompanied Quetzalcoatl to Mictlan, the underworld, to unearth the horrible rotting bone of an extinct race of beings who inhabited the previous world (Nahui Atl). He dropped and broke the bone when pursued by Mictlantecuhtli, the god of the underworld, but he kept what he could and added some of his own blood to repair it. After four days, a human boy was born; after seven, a human girl was born.
TLAZOPILLI’S HOUSE – DUSK
The next day Yolotli, the midwife and the servants are taking care of the two babies Citlalin and Ichtaca. Yolotli takes Citlalin’s umbilical cord and gives it to her servant instructing her to take it to the kitchen area and place it close to the metatl as they will bury it the next day next to the hearth, where her own cord was buried when she was born. This will ensure Citlalin becomes a good wife. The servant takes the cord to the next room and places it on the table.
Yolotl proceeds to takes Ichtaca’s umbilical cord and tells the midwife that a warrior will pick up the cord the next day to bury it in enemy territory. She puts the cord on the table in the room.
Once they put both babies to sleep, Tlazopilli arrives home and the servants and midwife leave the room while Yolotli and Tlazopilli prepare to go to sleep. Yolotli questions Tlazopilli weather they made the right choice. She is afraid of the gods and is worried that the midwife Amoxtli looks at Citlalin with fear. Tlazopilli is not sure but tries to comfort Yolotli and tells her that the midwife will be leaving the next day and that things will be better. They fall asleep.
TLAZOPILLI’S HOUSE – NIGHT
While sleeping, the midwife enters the room silently and walks toward the babies. Both babies are asleep. Amoxtli looks at Citlalin’s birthmark one more time and pulls out the knife from under her belt. As she is about to slay the baby, Yolotli wakes up and leaps toward the midwife who drops the knife and after a small struggle, falls and hits her head on one of the rock furniture. Tlazopilli immediately gets up as Amoxtli bleeds and dies. Tlazopilli tries to keep Yolotli calm and tells her to be quiet as to not wake up the servants. He wraps Amoxtli’s head and begins pulling her body. He instructs Yolotli to clean up while he is away. Yolotli reminds him that a warrior will be there soon to get Ichtaca’s umbilical cord. It is almost dawn.
LAGO TEXCOCO – DAWN
Tlazopilli is seen carrying the midwife’s body to a secluded area and dumping it into the lake. Tlazopilli makes sure the body of the midwife floats away.
TLAZOPILLI’S HOUSE – DAWN
While Yolotli is cleaning the blood on the floor, a warrior arrives at the entrance and calls out that he has arrived. This makes Yolotli very nervous. She comes to the entrance and a young warrior named Necalli is there. He asks if everything is ok and asks for Tlazopilli. Yolotli is nervous. Necalli tells Yolotli that he has come to pick up the baby boy’s umbilical cord and reminds her that he must take it and burry it in enemy territory. He starts to worry about Yolotli’s behavior. He starts to walk into the house to check if everything is ok. As he comes in, Tlazopilli appears from inside the house, greets Necalli and assures him everything is fine. He grabs the umbilical cord from the table in the kitchen and hands it to Necalli, so he can be on his way. Necalli leaves.
Yolotli comes out of her room nervously with Ichtaca’s umbilical cord. She doesn’t see Necalli and asks Tlazopilli where he is. Tlazopilli tells Yolotl he gave him the umbilical cord and had already left. Yolotli shows him the umbilical cord in her hands as he realizes the terrible mistake he has made. Tlazopilli runs out to find Necalli but he is nowhere to be seen.
FIELD OUTSIDE THE CITY – DAY
Necalli buries Citlalin’s cord in enemy territory, puts his hands over the dirt, closes his eyes and recites some words before he is spotted by a group of Tlaxcalteca warriors who go after him shooting arrows. Necalli gets away.
NECALLI’S HOUSE – SUNSET
Necalli returns to his home and finds Tlazopilli waiting for him. Tlazopilli asks Necalli about the cord and Necalli informs him not to worry since it has been buried in the most dangerous territory and thus his son will be very brave. Tlazopilli explains that the cord belongs to his daughter. Necalli feels terrible about what he just did. They both decide to keep it a secret.
TLAZOPILLI’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Tlazopilli returns to his home in the darkness. He goes into the room where the babies are sleeping. He looks at Citlalin’s birthmark and touches it with his fingers. Citlalin’s little hand grabs on her father’s finger. He looks at her sleeping tenderly and covers her birthmark with the cloth that she is wrapped on.
ALVARO DE LEON’S BEDROOM – DAY
Hernán Cortés, now 23 years old, is making love to a woman in bed. After they finish, he starts gathering his things in a hurry. The woman asks him to stay longer but he tells her that he is already late to join the expedition of Diego de Nicuesa and Alonso de Ojeda who are sailing South of Hispaniola. He is very eager to go out on an adventure.
As he is getting ready to leave, the woman’s husband, Alvaro de León, arrives downstairs with two other men. The man appears to be well positioned and is screaming asking where the man is. Hernán Cortés looks at the window, remembers what happened last time, and decides to confront the men. He fights the two men killing them with his sword. He then goes into a fencing duel with Alvaro de León who is disarmed by Hernán Cortés and laying on the floor with Hernán Cortés’ sword on his throat. When Alvaro de León questions Hernán Cortés why, among all the women in Hispaniola, he had chosen his wife, Hernán Cortés replies that it was him who he wanted to meet. Hernán Cortés spares Alvaro’s life and runs out. He arrives at the port too late. The expedition of Diego de Nicuesa has already undocked. On the ship, Diego de Nicuesa waves at Hernán Cortés smiling while some of the soldiers laugh. The ship sails away.
DIEGO VELAZQUEZ’ HOUSE – DAY
Hernán Cortés shows up at Diego Velázquez’ house and congratulates him for his appointment on the conquest of Cuba. There are several men looking at maps on a table and they don’t notice Hernán Cortés. Velázquez tells Hernán Cortés that he wants to introduce him to the best pilot to ever sail across the Atlantic Ocean and who is now accompanying him on his expedition to Cuba. One of the men turns around and Hernán Cortés discovers it is his old friend Gonzalo de Umbría. Both men embrace happy to see each other again. Velázquez is surprised they know each other.
Gonzalo de Umbría introduces Pedro de Alvarado to Hernán Cortés. Alvarado is a cavalier of high family, gallant and chivalrous. He is the same age as Gonzalo de Umbría and Hernán Cortés and immediately becomes friend with Hernán Cortés. Alvarado explains to Hernán Cortés that he is there with his brothers looking to accompany Velázquez in his conquest of Cuba as soldiers. Gonzalo de Umbría teases Alvarado by telling Hernán Cortés that in truth, Alvarado did not expect much in the way of an inheritance, and since working the land was beneath him, he could have become a priest or a soldier. Gonzalo de Umbría points out that Alvarado became a soldier but knowng him, he thinks he should have become a priest instead.
Hernán Cortés asks Velázquez if he is still offering the position as clerk of the treasurer, Miguel de Pasamonte, to keep account of the royal revenues. Velázquez tells Hernán Cortés that he thought he was sailing with Diego de Nicuesa and Hernán Cortés replies that there has been a change of plans. Diego Velázquez offers the job to Hernán Cortés and informs him that they sail in two weeks to Cuba.
MOCTEZUMA’S PALACE – NIGHT
A young dead woman is being laid in a tomb. There are numerous mourners present including emperor Moctezuma. The woman is Papantzin, a Texcocoan princess, the granddaughter of Nezahualpilli, and the sister-in-law of Moctezuma. She had fallen seriously ill and had become comatose. A few moments after the tomb is closed, the mourners hear her cry out to be released. They quickly open the tomb and to their surprise, Papantzin is alive and very shaken. She relates a vision, in which a luminous being with “crossed sticks” on his forehead led her to the shore of the ocean, where she saw several large “floating houses” approach from the horizon, having black crosses on their “wings” similar to that on her guide’s forehead. When she relates this vision to Moctezuma, he reads the doom of his empire in it, and asks her to leave and refuses to ever speak to her again.
SEA PORT PANAMA – DAY
Enciso y Valdivia sail from the Darién colony in Panama toward Santo Domingo carrying 20,000 ducats of gold, to report to the governor on disputes between Diego de Nicuesa and Núñez de Balboa. After the gold is loaded onto Valdivia’s ship, a man named Diego de Solís is escorted by soldiers into the ship with his hands tied behind his back, followed by 24 passengers. The passengers include a conquistador named Diego de Nicuesa, a priest named Jerónimo de Aguilar, a group of soldiers including Gonzalo Guerrero and a man named Francisco de Dávila who is traveling with his 7-year-old son Rafael. The rest of the passengers is comprised by another sixteen men and two women. The ship sails.
VALDIVIA’S SHIP – NIGHT
Several men are playing cards and drinking. One of the men is very curious about the gold they are carrying and asks one of the soldiers about it. Young Rafael de Dávila is standing on a corner of the room listening very attentively. The soldier explains to the men at the table that their expedition started five years earlier when Nicuesa was given the job of governing Costa Rica, but ran aground off the coast of Panama. They made their way north overland, against resistance from the native population. The combination of guerrilla warfare and tropical disease killed half of the expedition. Four years later, they founded the colony of Nombre de Dios, but they suffered from hunger, hostile natives, and illness. They had abandoned the colony to sail to the more prosperous colony of Santa María la Antigua del Darién, which had been established by the conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa without their knowledge. Nicuesa had been expelled and they were now bringing the gold to pay for his mistake.
The soldier notices Rafael is listening to the story and addresses him. He asks him what a boy his age is doing all the way here. He suggests that his father must be escaping something terrible in Spain trying to see if Rafael tells him something and scaring him at the same time. The soldier insists that whatever they are escaping it will never be as bad as what they will find in the New World with the natives, animals and illness.
Jerónimo de Aguilar asks the soldier to stop scaring the boy and they all get back to their game. Young Rafael starts walking out and sees a small mastiff puppy. The puppy starts going to the lower deck and Rafael follows. Rafael is having fun chasing the dog. The small dog enters a large cage and as Rafael tries to grab him, two filthy hands pick it up.
The puppy has entered the cell where Solís is being kept. Rafael is afraid of what Solís will do to the puppy, but he starts padding the little dog who begins licking Solís’ face. Solís gives the puppy to Rafael and tells him that the puppy’s name is Thiago. Solís introduces himself to Rafael and then performs a prestidigitation trick for him which gains his admiration and trust. One of the soldiers in the ship interrupts the encounter to take Solís out of his cell advising Rafael not to befriend men who are facing the Inquisition. Rafael notices that the guard keeps the cell key on his belt.
That night a storm hits the ship. Sailors are struggling to veer the ship. Suddenly, the ship runs aground on shoals and a big piece of the ship breaks away. The ship starts to sink as everyone starts running towards the small boat.
As the ship sinks, most of the passengers get into a small boat. Rafael de Dávila grabs Thiago and he and his father get into the boat before it is lowered down. Valdivia warns they can’t wait any longer for the rest of the passengers and instructs the soldier who is helping to jump on. Thiago begins whimpering and Rafael notices that Solís is still inside his cell when the guard enters the boat.
Thiago gets away from Rafael and jumps out and goes running inside the ship. Rafael immediately grabs the keys from the soldier’s belt and runs behind the dog. His father tries to stop him but is unable to and follows. The boat is lowered leaving de Dávila, his son Rafael, Diego de Solís and three others. Rafael gets to the cell and gives Solís the key before his father arrives. They all run back to the boat but notice it is already floating away from the ship.
They notice a large piece of the ship that is almost detached from the wreckage. The three other men include Pedro Alvarez and Adolfo de Lugo who are trying to find the gold. They all come to a locked room and Solís uses the key to unlock it. In the room there is food and several wineskins. Solís starts carrying wineskins. Francisco questions Solís if this is a good time to drink wine. Solís replies if he would rather drink sea water when they are out there. Solís continues grabbing supplies and tells Francisco to grab some blankets. Francisco gathers some blankets and sees several books including the Bible. He grabs the books and wraps the blanket around them. Solís goes into another room and grabs a rapier which he puts on his belt.
One of the other men takes the keys from Solís and opens a room where the gold is being kept. Solís warns him to forget the gold as he continues to grab supplies. The man doesn’t listen and fills all his pockets with gold. In doing so, he knocks down a lantern and the floor begins to catch fire. They all rush to the wooden platform and detach it from the ship. As they are pulling out, a wave makes one of the men and young Rafael fall into the ocean. Solís jumps to help Rafael as the others try to help the other man. Rafael is brought on the platform, but the other man drowns because of the weight of the gold he is carrying. The puppy comes to Rafael and Rafael picks him up. The survivors begin drifting away watching the shipwreck in flames.
END OF EPISODE 1