|Tom Tryon||Stephen Fermoyle|
|Carol Lynley||Mona Fermoyle|
|Cecil Kellaway||Monsignor Monaghan|
|Loring Smith||Cornelius J. Deegan|
On his path to the College of Cardinals, Stephen Fermoyle, a newly ordained Catholic priest, is confronted with family, personal and social crises that cause him spiritual turmoil. First, his sister conceives a child out of wedlock; then he is tempted away from the Church by a woman; later he contends with racial bigotry within the Church and encounters Nazism in Austria. Will Stephen overcome his trials and reach the rank of cardinal?