A friend of Xena’s that the warrior had been trying to catch up with is attacked. His attacker takes a pouch and runs away from Xena. Her friend, Lycus, manages to tell Xena that she needs to get the pouch back because it contains a clue to finding the lost treasure of the Sumerians. The warrior tells Gabrielle to stay with him and takes off in pursuit of the thug. Xena catches up to him and they are fighting when suddenly he stops and falls to the ground dead. An assassin, Thersites, stabbed him in the back. He wants the pouch that Xena now has in her possession. But she quickly memorizes the clue and eats the parchment it was on. Thersites follows her back to Gabrielle and Lycus. The bard tells Xena that Lycus died just after she left. The warrior tells Thersites that she will go to Petracles to get the fourth clue. When he is gone, she tells Gabrielle about the treasure. She also tells her that with the treasure is the Titan’s key which opens a fortress that holds ambrosia. On the way to Petracles’ camp, Xena tells her friend that she doesn’t trust the warlord and that she used to be engaged to him.
Petracles is greatly interested in locating the treasure. The trio rejoin Thersites and they head off in search for the treasure. One of the clues mentions retrieving a large ruby from the temple of Demeter. Gabrielle and Thersites go to the temple, while Xena and Petracles prepare a distraction. The bard and assassin are caught when he knocks over the statue that the ruby was resting on. But Xena and Petracles take care of the guards and the group gets away. Finally they locate three large stone heads and from the clues figure out that the ruby must be placed in the right eye of the middle statue. But they will have to wait until sunrise to find the treasure.
written by Steven L. Sears and R.J. Stewart
directed by Josh Becker
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Peter Daube (Petracles), Jeremy Roberts (Thersites), John Smith (Marleus), Lawrence Wharerau (Klonig), Huntly Eliott (Calicus), Richard Foulkes (Lycus), Merv Smith (Head Villager)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell