As a young Catholic monk, Luis vows poverty, chastity, and obedience. When he's called to work in Spanish Harlem, he finds himself at home among those who need him most: the homeless, ex-prisoners, prostitutes, and addicts. While he knows his life is about prayer and service, he's unprepared for the emotional and political realities he encounters.
Within weeks of arriving at Austin House, Luis meets Carlos and is faced with an attraction that's inappropriate for a monk. As his friendship flourishes, Luis fulfills his duties with dignity and respect by administering the outreach office, setting up new facilities for AIDS victims, and making sure the pantry is stocked for the meal program. He even has the courage to expose corruption that turns the House upside down but ultimately brings social justice.
In the process, Luis experiences both wonderment and confusion as he navigates his calling and struggles with his growing love for Carlos. Although he maintains his vows, prays daily, and works tirelessly, he begins to question what God is really leading him to do. During trips to Rome and Florence, Luis realizes his religious garb and prayer may not shield him from worldly desires, and he must decide which life is for him.