After crushing a Zealot revolution led by Barabbas, Clavius, a Roman tribune, is charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate the rumors of a risen Jewish Messiah and to locate the missing body of Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth), in order to quell an imminent uprising in Jerusalem during the first 40 days following Christ's resurrection. Failing to find the body, Clavius seeks and finds the disciples of Yeshua, and unexpectedly finds the risen Yeshua. Pilate learns that Clavius has apparently betrayed him, and sends a contingent of Roman troops to pursue Clavius and the followers of Yeshua. Clavius helps the disciples to evade the Romans and witnesses the healing of a leper, and then the ascension of Yeshua into heaven. Clavius struggles to reconcile what he has seen with what he knows of the world.