In 20th Century Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra find their son Alexei, sole heir to the Romanov dynasty, suffering from hemophilia. Conventional medicine failing to help him, Alexandra looks into finding holistic treatment. Father Grigori Rasputin, a destitute peasant who claims he had a vision from the Virgin Mary telling him that the Tsar needed him gets connections to the Palace. Though Nicholas and the royal doctor are both skeptical of Rasputin's alleged healing abilities, young Alexei quickly bonds with the charlatan/prophet, so he remains in the Royal Court. But Rasputin's constant boozing and womanizing angers the aristocracy and worsens the already unstable tensions between Nicholas and his subjects. With the seeds of revolution brewing, it becomes increasingly apparent that a bad end awaits for the entire Royal Family.
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