In 1792 in Spain, amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution, renowned painter Francisco Goya becomes embroiled in the Spanish Inquisition after his beautiful muse Ines is accused of being a heretic and put on trial. Goya must beg for her life to be spared through his old friend Lorenzo, a power-hungry monk who is spearheading the revival of the Inquisition. Ines is imprisoned, tortured, and left to perish in the dungeons, while Lorenzo is eventually banished from the Spanish church. Some twenty years pass, and Goya is at the height of his creativity, but he has become deaf and somewhat insane. The three meet again after the French abolish the Inquisition and set the prisoners free, and Lorenzo becomes Napoleon’s chief prosecutor against his former Spanish allies.