Po skorajda usodni nalogi se poklicni morilec Jack zateče na italijansko podeželje. Poišče si delo, se spoprijatelji s tamkajšnjim duhovnikom Benedettom in se zaplete v razmerje s prelepo Claro. Njuna romanca se zdi povsem nedolžna, toda če stopi iz sence, bo Jack znova izpostavljen nevarnosti, ki preti na vsakem koraku.
Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.