During his investigation of a series of ritual murders whose victims are all from the same church, Nick is forced to face his fear of the religion and its symbols in order to pursue the case, while reviving painful memories of his encounter with Joan of Arc in France centuries ago. Meanwhile, after the killer confesses, and torn over whether to reveal his information, Father Pierre Rochefort abides by the sanctity of the confessional and keeps silent, choosing instead to stop the killer himself. Despite warnings from Nick to stay away, Schanke goes to Janette's eerie nightclub, where he is saved at the last minute when the owner interrupts an attempt to make him a vampire's victim. While suspecting that Father Rochefort knows more about the killings than he will admit to, Nick's acute sense of hearing enables him to interrupt the next attack, where he discovers the priest in an adjacent alleyway. Father Rochefort continues his refusal to tell what he knows of the killer's identity, claiming his belief is the most important thing to him. Although Magda, the woman whose life was saved, offers to help Nick set a trap for the killer, she and Father Rochefort are told to stay away from the church until he is arrested, while Nick forces himself to enter the cathedral during the day, knowing it will be impossible to leave until nightfall. Posing as a priest, Nick waits in the church's confessional, while Magda escapes her police escort and is spotted by the killer. When Schanke sees Magda entering the cathedral, he starts to follow, but is hit from behind by the killer. Told by the half-conscious Schanke about her being at the church, Nick rushes out into the night and swoops down to save Magda from being burned at the stake by forcing himself through a deadly wall of flames. Finally, with the experience giving him a faith he has never known, Nick renews his effort to overcome his vampirism.