The Krogh family have been priests for more than 250 years, and head of the family Johannes is destined to become the Bishop of Copenhagen. However, his sons are desperate to free themselves from his tyranny, so the devout August becomes an army chaplain in the Middle East, while wayward Christian heads to Tibet.
Johannes realises that his methods don’t fit in with the Bishop’s plans, creating friction in his relationship with Elisabeth. In the Middle East, August is struggling to find his place among the deployed soldiers, resulting in catastrophic consequences.
August is changed and returns to Copenhagen, but his family are confused. It isn’t until the press discover what happened in the Middle East that August confides in his father. Johannes fights the bishop, who wants to close churches with the lowest attendance, including one in Johannes’ own parish.
Christian wakes up in a monastery in Nepal and everything he owns has been stolen. Meanwhile, August’s mental state continues to deteriorate, and his medicine isn’t working as flashbacks from the Middle East intensify. Elisabeth discovers that Johannes has had an affair and this creates an insurmountable divide between them.
Christian returns home from Nepal with a completely changed outlook on life, which he begins to set down in writing. Johannes desperately tries to reclaim Elisabeth’s love and respect, but she finds it difficult to forgive him.
Christian visits Amira for atonement and discovers that she has left Mark. August gradually starts return to his old self, but his faith in God still wavers. Johannes struggles to keep his church and staff on the right track, and is still getting the cold shoulder from Elisabeth, who has withdrawn from him and grown closer to Liv.
A disastrous Easter lunch makes August wonder whether he is even fit for the church. Christian tries to make peace with Mark, but he is unforgiving. Elisabeth and Liv go travelling together and, when they return, Johannes forces Elisabeth to choose between the two of them – but things don’t work out as hoped. Johannes ends up in hospital at death’s door – and for the first time in a while, the family gathers around him.
August starts working as a street pastor and ends up drawn into a case of rejected asylum seekers. He becomes deeply entwined in their fate and even gets Emilie involved. Elisabeth takes a break from Johannes and moves in with Liv, but she soon begins to have doubts. Christian is busy as his book is published, which is well received by critics but creates friction with his father.
With Amira’s help, Christian buys his own apartment, but then his great young love, Nanna, turns up and further divides him from his father. Christian’s relationship with Amira is also put to the test. Elisabeth is deeply divided between Johannes and Liv, who wants Elisabeth to come with her to Berlin, and everything finally comes to a head for her.
The grand traditional Pentecost service at Johannes’ Lindegard Church is attended by a pre-eminent guest, the bishop of Copenhagen, as well as a range of priests that Johannes is head of. It finally seems that Johannes has normalised his relationship with the bishop and his colleagues.