presents the beloved Old Testament story of Esther as never seen
before. One Night
With the King is an epic motion
picture set in an ancient and exotic world of adventure,
intrigue and romance, that follows a young Jewish orphan who
rises from peasant to Queen of Persia only to face the
annihilation of her people.
At the height of ancient Persia, lovely Hadassah
grows up in Susa, capitol of the empire, sheltered under the
watchful eye of her Uncle Mordecai, a scribe in the royal
palace. Orphaned by the murder of her parents at a young age,
she spends her days reading to the local children and dreaming
of returning to Israel, the homeland of her people.
Unbeknownst to Hadassah and Mordecai, Haman the
Agagite, descendant of the Jews mortal enemy and the man
responsible for the slaughter of her parents, capitalizes on a
palace culture beset by treachery and intrigue, setting in
motion a series of events that will bring about a centuries old
blood quest to destroy the Jews. Using the ruthless plotting of
the princes to his advantage, Haman baits them into trapping
King Xerxes into banishing the Queen for her stance against a
looming war with Greece.
With the King left alone and desperate to live
up to and avenge the battles of his father, the princes press
upon Xerxes that a king soon to depart for war must leave behind
a queen to keep the people unified. Thus word is sent out and
every young maiden through out the empire, including Hadassah,
is rounded up and taken into the palace for a season of
preparation before being presented before the King.
Warned by Mordecai to keep her Jewish
identity a secret, Hadassah changes her name to Esther and
adapts quickly to life as a Queen’s candidate. Her innocence
makes an immediate impression on Hegai, the King’s royal
eunuch assigned to oversee the candidates’ preparations. While
the rest of the harem plot and scheme over the potential riches
that lay before them, Esther wins favor by seeking not what she
can gain, but what stirs the passions of the King himself
Like a fairy tale come true, Esther’s
intelligence and wonder capture the heart of the King like no
woman ever has. But becoming Queen is nothing like she dreamed.
She quickly finds herself in a dangerous world of politics when
a plot is discovered to poison the king. This is only the
beginning, however, for just as Esther has risen to favor and
honor, so too has Haman, who through a series of Machiavellian
double crosses, has maneuvered himself into the powerful
position of being named Prince. Now with the war against Greece
in jeopardy due to a shortage of funding, Haman launches his
ultimate plan, convincing the King that the necessary funding
can be raised by the slaughter of the Jews and the confiscation
of their wealth and property.
Meanwhile, Esther discovers that Haman was
indeed the one who killed her parents, but finds herself
helpless to do anything to stop him. Her own relationship with
the ever-more-paranoid Xerxes has crumbled to pieces due to her
inability to disclose the secret of her background and she is
dangerously close to seeing the former Queen’s fate befall
With time running out, and Haman himself
becoming more suspicious of her secret, Mordecai informs Esther
that the Jews only hope is for her to risk her life and go
before the King unsummoned (a crime punishable by death) to
intercede for her people. It is then that Esther utters those
fateful words that have rung through out the centuries, "If
I perish, I perish," as she races off with one last chance
to save her people.
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