Martin Luther was caught in a lightning storm that almost took his life. He begs to God for his life to be spared if he vowed become a monk. This vow could never be broken so he joins St. Augustine's Monastery in Erfurt.
Martin Luther goes to Rome and sees the clergy selling indulgences to the people, vendors charging people for money to observe relics, the luxurious life of the Pope, who is from the Medici Family, and many more sinful deeds. He finds himself shocked by the lack of morality of the clergy and the people of Rome.
Martin Luther makes fun of indulgences and nails the 95 theses to the church door. Some people made copies of it with the printing press which helped the word of Martin Luther get around. Luther acquired many followers who believe that what he teaches is right.
Martin Luther is called to meet Cardinal Cajetan to recant his questioning of the church’s morality. The representative of Cajetan commands Luther to speak only one word, “rovoco”, which means to recant. Although he does not do this as to recant what he believes is right would mean disapproving of his teachings.
Martin Luther is declared a heretic and is excommunicated. He is to have another trial in Rome, but Prince Frederick refuses to surrender Martin Luther to the Pope since he would not have a fair trial there and be surely killed, so he insists on having Luther’s trial in Worms Germany since it is their hometown.
While Luther was in a meeting with the German Princes before his trial in Worms, he urges them to stand up the Pope, King Charles, and the flaws of the Catholic Church. At the trial, the Princes refuse to support King Charles. This allowed Luther to branch away from the Catholic Church and start a new branch of Western Christianity.