Two thousand years ago in Central America, a battle began between Totec, the Guardian of the Light, and Xolotl, the Keeper of Darkness. Totec's army was defeated when Xolotl harnessed the power of the mirror of smoke to unleash hordes of ghastly creatures on the ancient world.
Fortunately, Totec survived the battle and found a way to defeat Xolotl by imprisoning him in the mirror of smoke and guarding the mirror disguising himself as an immortal stone statue. Fast-forward to the present day and Lara Croft, explorer extraordinaire, discovers the story behind the legend and sets out on a journey to find the mirror. She succeeds, but the mirror is quickly snatched from her by a band of mercenaries led by a tyrannical local warlord.
In a moment of foolishness, the warlord inadvertently breaks the curse that binds Xolotl and frees the ancient evil from his stone prison. Now, with the help of Totec, Lara must destroy Xolotl before dawn, or the world will be plunged into an eternal darkness and all humanity will be lost forever.