Ben-Hur, his sister Tersa and Mom were living happy in their house in Judea when one day, Tersa almost killed the Governor so Ben-Hur said he did it so that his friend Messala the Roman would take him away but not his family but Messala took his mom and sister anyways too.
Ben-Hur was sent to the Galleys after he was accused of trying to kill the governor but when the Roman ship was sent into battle it was sunk and Ben-Hur saved the captain Quintus Arrias and was then given his freedom.
After being given his freedom and becoming the son of Arrias, Ben-Hur joins a race against Messala to get his revenge. In the end Ben-Hur wins and Messala becomes disabled because he got run over.
Ben-Hur goes searching for his mother and sister after the race and finds out that they were in the vally of the lepers.
Ben-Hur's mother and sister are healed when they go to Jesus with Amrah and profess their faith in him.
The theme is that Ben-Hur realizes that God is the person that decides his vengeance