A novice monk, Hereward, is forced to flee the Viking's bloody and brutal attack on Lindisfarne Abbey in 793AD. When Hereward and the elderly Abbot Athelstan escape the mayhem on the holy isle, they spirit away the most cherished religious icon of its age, 'The Lindisfarne Gospels'. Pursued by a Viking death squad hell-bent on retrieving the book, not just for its gold but for its powerful hold on the hearts and minds of the people of the land, the Monks must cross the medieval badlands and take the Gospels to a safe haven - the Monastery of Iona. The Vikings chief, Hadrada's, pursuit of the Monks and their prize is relentless and furious following the bloody death of his son. Aided by Aethulwulf, a Saxon warrior sent to protect the book, the band conspire to evade the pursuing Norsemen and survive an apocalyptic land ridden with witchcraft and plague to reach their goal, but a chance encounter with a peasant woman threatens to split the group with mortal consequences.