Achilles is summoned once more to join the war against the Trojans. His father bids him good-bye with gifts, but his mother, Thetis, isn't so supportive. She can only see that her son is rushing to his death. Once already Achilles slipped past her to war. Thetis is determined never to let him out from under her thumb again.
Meanwhile, Telephus is suffering from his wound and calling for Achilles. But is Achilles really "the wounder"?