Whilst investigating the death of a local farmer, a rude journalist called Frances Williams uncovers a legend about a supernaturally-cursed, sharpened knife circulating throughout farm. As soon as anyone uses the knife, he or she has exactly 33 days left to live.
Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell and Beni, his weasel of a companion, stumble upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle in 1923, 3,000 years after Imhotep has suffered a fate worse than death; his body will remain undead for all eternity as a punishment for a forbidden love.
Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician.