This movie begins when Attila's village is attacked, and his father and grandmother are slain. Attila (Rollo Weeks) escapes, and survives. He is found, weeks later, by his father's brother, who is King Rua (Steven Berkoff), leader of one of the tribes of Huns. Rua takes him in, as he has previously taken in his mother and elder brother, Bleda. Rua is warned that Attila will cause trouble, making Bleda's succession unclear. Attila meets Galen (Pauline Lynch), a witch / seer, who provides us with much of the exposition regarding Hun legends. Attila grows to manhood among them.