Four hardened crooks break out of prison. Hunted down, with nowhere to run, they seek refuge in the only place the police cannot follow: a Cistercian monastery. Cut off from the outside world, a nightmare stand-off develops between the fugitives - ready to kill in defence of their dearly purchased freedom - and the monks they are holding hostage. But in this potentially lethal confrontation, nothing is quite as it seems. The game's been rigged from the start.