Ranald, a scarred monk in Kelso Abbey, has a fearsome temper. In the abbey, he controls his rage and fights his forbidden desires. After his twin dies, his father obtains a Papal dispensation and demands Ranald marry. The eve before they wed, Catalin seeks to confess her sins to a monk hidden beneath his cowl. He gently stops her. At the altar, she sees Ranald’s tonsure.