Aladdin is one of the best-known tales from The Arabian Nights, in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights ("The Arabian Nights"). Aladdin is a young lad dwelling in ancient China; his parents are in despair, as he is a ne'er do well and won't ever do anything. A sorcerer from the Maghreb persuades him to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a magic cave. But then, the socerer attempts to double-cross Aladdin, who resists only to find himself trapped in the cave. Luckily, he has kept the magical object and a world of adventures open before him.