Bishop Hemmelrath transfers Pfarrer Braun to Franken, for a 'real Bavarian' like him a renegade region as it left the 'free state'. The parish town, Kurdorf, boast a miraculous bleeding and weeping Jesus-image carved in a cliff, which becomes a pilgrimage site. Braun stumbles onto the corpse of local reporter Manuel Kullmann, which has stigmata. Shortly after, the Vatican fact finder's corpse is also found. Braun mistrusts the votive exploitation and preacher, proves the miracle fake and discovers more local secrets.