The great gospel of Colum Cille was described in 1006 as the chief treasure of the western world. For centuries the few who were privileged to see the intricate beauty of its designs called it "the work of angels". Dating back to around 800AD, 'The Book of Kells' was created on the Hebridean island of Iona and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful religious manuscripts in the world. Written on vellum, it contains a Latin text of the four gospels in script accompanied by whole pages of detailed illustration, native Celtic artists in the 7th and 8th centuries took the great gospel symbols of the Eastern Church - the four cherubim, lion, calf, eagle and man - transforming them into their own particular northern style. These Celtic shapes and symbols with their intricate knot work designs continue to influence artists today. The film traces the history of this great book from Iona to Kells, situated northwest of Dublin where it was completed. This 600 page manuscript is now on permanent display in Trinity College Library in Dublin where it continues to mystify and inspire all who come in contact with it.