Ko jo je nacistični mož izdal in ovadil kot Judinjo, preživela iz koncentracijskega taborišča Judith odpotuje v novonastalo državo Izrael, da bi našla pogrešanega sina – in se maščevala nekdanjemu soprogu. Judith (Sophia Loren) je bila nekoč poročena z Nemcem Gustavom Schillerjem, a ob izbruhu druge svetovne vojne je njen mož prisegel zvestobo vladajoči nacistični stranki. Njunega zakona je bilo konec, ko jo je izdal ter ovadil kot Judinjo. Judith je preživela grozote koncentracijskega taborišča, a po koncu vojne ne ve, kaj se je zgodilo z njenim sinom. Leta 1947 Palestino pod britansko oblastjo pretresajo spopadi med judovskimi in arabskimi privrženci, Gustav, ki je iskani vojni zločinec, pa se je tam pojavil kot vodja enote arabskih teroristov. Aaron Stein je na čelu bataljona podtalne judovske vojske, imenovanega Haganah, in potrebuje pomoč, da bi našel izmuzljivega Gustava ter razkril njegove načrte. V ta namen najame Judith, ki prav tako kot on išče Gustava, da bi se mu maščevala za vse, kar je storil njej in njunemu otroku.
In Palestine in 1948, the British prepare to end their Mandate, leaving an independent Israel behind. The problems of the British may be ending but for the new state of Israel they're just beginning. Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab nations and must fight to defend itself from aggression. The Israeli defense force, the Haganah, has received intelligence that Arab forces, Syria in particular, are employing former German Panzer commander General Gustav Schiller to train them in tank tactics against Israel. The Israelis also learn that General Schiller's wife, Judith Auerbach Schiller, is a Jewish woman who was betrayed by her husband and was left to die in a concentration camp. Judith has survived the camp and is searching for her husband to exact revenge and to locate their son. The Haganah decides to find Judith and use her knowledge in order to locate the general, positively identify him and make him reveal the Syrian attack plans. Judith is smuggled into Israel and hidden in a kibbutz under the care of Haganah commander Aaron Stein. Life in the kibbutz is not easy for Judith, work is hard, safety is not guaranteed and she grows impatient and frustrated. Haganah leaders suggest to her that the British may have a file on her husband, like on most war criminals, and it may contain his latest whereabouts. However, this means Judith may have to ingratiate herself with the local British commander, Major Lawton, who has access to the files. When Major Lawton finally succumbs to the charms of sensual Judith he hands over the file to her. Unfortunately, General Gustav Schiller's last whereabouts are in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli intelligence team decides to go into the lion's den and try to capture the German General. Judith is asked to go along with the team, in order to identify the General, but she is only thinking of revenge.