The story of a man moving ever closer to the unhappy fate he is struggling mightily to avoid. Sophocles' famous Greek tragedy begins during a time of plague in Thebes. The gods demand vengeance for the death of Laius as the price of lifting the city's punishment. Oedipus, who has been a wise and just ruler of the people, is determined to seek justice. Through his efforts, he discovers that he is the murderer of Laius his father and the husband of his mother Jocasta.