Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are reunited with director Martin Campbell in this action-packed escapade set in the California territory in the critical days preceding statehood. Several years after the previous adventure, Alejandro (Banderas) and Elena (Zeta-Jones) are married and have a 10-year-old son, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso). Though Alejandro continues to don the mask of Zorro to protect the poor and oppressed from their overlords' greed, he is torn between his duty and his desire for a more normal life. Now, he must face that conflict again when plans for California to become the 31st state are undermined by a nefarious plot by a group of prominent land barons. In his valiant attempt to foil their plans, Zorro runs headlong into a crisis that threatens his life and the safety of his family.