Tech writer Annie Young breaks her engagement when her fianc forbids her to take an assignment documenting a Paris dig at the site of thirteenth century inn -- supervised by her old lover archeologist Luca Martinelli. Amelie another dig volunteer is found shot on the site. Luca, Amelie's lover is in the process of a divorce and is a prime suspect. In the fourteenth century Jacques Fournier is a dedicated Cistercian brother/scholar. His uncle and abbot where Jacques is cloistered sends Jacques to Paris to complete his studies and have a real-world experience. Once there he becomes infatuated with Madeleine the daughter of an inn-keeper. Her attractions test his faith. Annie is caught up in the modern drama while helping to unravel the past.