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Is it a sin to be virtuous? Father Daniel O'Donnell’s unconventional way of Christian living and, particularly, his great love for animals, incur the displeasure of the bishop. Although his parishioners revere him like a saint, he is reprimanded and transferred to a remote and unsophisticated rural area. There, he makes a new small paradise for himself, although under difficult circumstances for the housekeeper he has been given, Miss Killicat, is a real dragon and – nomen est omen – not at all fond of animals. In the meantime, the Irish St. Francis has attracted the attention of Lucifer himself who sends his hellish envoy, the Marqués of Malasombra, to lure Father Daniel away from the path of righteousness. Although Malasombra quickly succeeds in wrapping Miss Killicat round his finger, at first, he finds Father Daniel a tough nut to crack. When the quarrel between the priest and the bishop flares up again, the hour of the tempter comes at last. With the aid of magic, he persuades Father Daniel to resist the church authorities and stirs up his self-righteousness to such a pitch that Father Daniel defiantly starts to call himself a saint. Fortunately, he has two friends, Una and Tim, who realise in time just who is at the back of this. And when the going really gets rough, Archangel Michael himself appears to put the Prince of Darkness in his place.