The novel starts in medias res, in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus has secluded Himself after the Last Supper. Betrayed by His Apostle, Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested, condemned to death for blasphemy, and taken before Pontious Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. Persuaded by Jesus' enemies, Pilate orders Jesus to be flogged and crucified. Severely beaten and scourged, Jesus is forced to carry His cross through the chaotic streets of Jerusalem, all the way to Golgotha, where He is nailed to the cross and left to die.
The Passion exactly follows the story of Jesus' suffering and death as told by the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. By utilizing a truly unique writing style, which incorporates stage-like dialogue into the structure of a novel, The Passion allows the reader to feel as if he/she is actually in ancient Jerusalem, really experiencing the events as they happen.