This extraordinary Danish drama about an inspiring and charismatic but deeply flawed priest who is caught up in a stream of destructive emotions tells a story of love, shattered hopes, power and death
Family patriarch and priest Johannes Krogh is aiming for the top, hoping to become bishop of Copenhagen. But when he suffers a professional defeat he descends into a dark pit that seems bottomless.
Johannes realises his talents as a priest don't fit into the new bishop's vision. Christian aims to move into the rectory. Army chaplain August struggles to find his place among the deployed soldiers.
August returns from the Middle East to Copenhagen a changed man. Johannes is fighting against the bishop over the closure of a church in his parish. Christian and Mark go to Nepal for an adventure.
A dazed and bruised Christian wakes up in a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. August's flashbacks become more frequent and intense. Elisabeth discovers Johannes has had an affair with one of his employees.
Christian returns home from Nepal with a different outlook on life and sets his thoughts down in writing. Elisabeth can't forgive Johannes and finds her friendship with Liv going in a new direction.
Christian discovers that Amira has left Mark and they slowly begin to bond over his book. August gradually starts returning to his old self. Johannes is still getting the cold shoulder from Elisabeth.
August's attempts to help a young confirmation candidate backfire. Christian tries to make peace with Mark. Johannes tells Elisabeth to choose between him and Liv but doesn't get the result he wanted.
August starts working as a street pastor and meets two brothers who are both rejected asylum seekers staying illegally in Denmark. Elisabeth moves in with Liv. Johannes turns his back on Christian.
Christian's old flame Nanna shows up with information that further undermines his relationship with Johannes. Elisabeth's loyalties are deeply divided. Emilie keeps a life-changing secret from August.
The intensity of August's faith makes him increasingly estranged from his surroundings. When he reveals he no longer wishes to be a priest, conflicts in the family escalate and his flashbacks return.