Reeves, a former Mr. Universe from Montana, plays the strong man from mythology in this mélange of characters and events from a variety of distinct ancient Greek myths. Hercules arrives in the kingdom of Iolcus and promptly falls in love with the king’s daughter Iole. Herc must solve the mystery of who killed Iole’s uncle, while trying to teach Iole’s brother Iphitus how to act like a man. The demigod endures a couple of ordeals, defeats the Cretan Bull, fights the famed Nemean lion, etc. Iphitus gets killed by the lion, but it's OK, because he was a jerk. Later Herc helps Iole’s cousin Jason (of “and the Argonauts” fame) in his quest for the Golden Fleece. It turns out Iole’s father was involved in the conspiracy to kill her uncle. And the proof is written in blood on the Golden Fleece. Jason claims his place as rightful king of Iolcus.