Ben-Hur is leaning over the edge of the roof, when a tile slips from under his arm and falls on the governor. Mescal reports him, and he is sentenced to life as a galley slave.
As a galley slave, Ben-Hur meets Arrius, the chief of the ship. During one of the battles, Ben-Hur saves Arrius from drowning. Arrius makes him his son.
After Arrius dies, Ben-Hur seeks revenge on Messala. He competes against him and four others in the horse race. During the race, Ben-Hur's axle gets caught in Messala's wheel, crushing it. His chariot is dashed to pieces. Ben-Hur wins the race.
Ben-Hur looks for his family. He finds Amrah at his old house. Then Amrah finds Tirzah and her mother as lepers.
Amrah tells Tirzah and her mother of a man who could heal them. Jesus heals them. Ben-Her and his family reunite. Jesus is crucified.