The life of Bodhidharma has given rise to countless myths and legends, A Sudden Dawn is one version of his story. Born to the warrior caste, he gives up a promising future as a soldier to become a monk and seek enlightenment. After many years of searching in vain, he finally becomes enlightened in a single moment. Bodhidharma accepts a mission to venture into China and spread the teachings of The Buddha. He travels across the Himalayas and down the Yangtze river, where he meets an unlikely disciple, a young Chinese fugitive named Ko. Together they travel across China to the Emperor s palace in Nanjing and beyond to a little temple in the mountains called Shaolin. On the journey, Ko learns Bodhidharma s unique Way of spirituality and martial arts. But there are powerful forces at work to destroy the Indian master, and Ko s violent past catches up with him outside the temple gates, where a deadly reckoning takes place.