Titus returns to Rome after ten years of war with the Goths, names Saturninus emperor, and sacrifices Tamora's eldest son in a "religious" ritual.
Tamora, who has just become the Empress of Rome, is ticked off that Titus killed her son. She and her lover, "Aaron the Moor," proceed to brutally torment Titus and his family.
Titus gets revenge by serving Tamora's sons to her for dinner and then stabbing her to death before he himself is killed. His son, Lucius, becomes Rome's new leader.