Titus is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, Titus Andronicus. The film opens with Roman General Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins) returning home after successfully leading his army to a great victory against the Goths. He brings with him the Queen of the Goths, Tamora (Jessica Lange) and several of her sons as tribute for his victory. While Titus feels triumphant over his victory, he is also melancholy because many of his sons were killed in battle. His eldest son, Lucius (Angus Macfadyen) convinces Titus that one of the Queen's sons must be sacrificed to compensate for the deaths of his brothers. When Titus has one of them executed, it starts a cycle of revenge that quickly spins out of control. Bent on avenging her son's death, Tamora seduces Emperor Saturninus (Alan Cumming) and unleashes her surviving sons on the family of Titus. Ultimately, few are spared as a bloody orgy of violence consumes the survivors.