Messala is an orphan taken care of a wealthy family. Upon reaching the full age he goes away to serve in the army and after several years returns to Jerusalem as an officer. During that time a civil disturbance arise and Messala plans to suppress them. He asks for help from his brother Judah Ben-Gur but the last does not see eye to eye with him and indebtedly joins the rebels. After an assassination attempt on Pontius Pilate Judah`s family is terribly punished, and Judah is sent into slavery. The movie "Ben-Gur" will immerse you in those hard times. Messala takes care that the punishment is done fully, and Judah swears to have revenge upon him. Several years after he gets an opportunity to return back and fulfill his plans.