The Assyrian general Holofernes, by royal command, surrounds the town of Bethulia, a key town to access Jerusalem. The Jews all unite to defend their land, fasting and praying, refusing to surrender. So the general cuts off the water supply of the town, until the Jews inside are about to surrender. Judith (meaning “Jewess”) a devout and pious, young, pretty widow, reproaches their leaders for their lack of faith. She asks for their prayers as she courageously implements her plan to reach the general in his tent and finally beheads him. The Jews then overcome the terrorized Assyrian armies.