Eberbach Monastery is a former Cistercian monastery near Eltville am Rhein. The complex belongs to one of the most important monuments of Europe.
In the winter of 1985 the abbey has served as a backdrop to the interiors of the benedictine Abbey in northern Italy.
14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.