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The hushed, contemplative atmosphere of Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in West Sussex, bears no resemblance at all to the intensity of modern society. Technology is minimal and books always prevail over TVs. So, away from their play stations and remote controls, how will five men cope in the austere confines of monastic life? Despite their very different backgrounds, each participant has the desire to see if life holds any greater meaning. For 40 days and 40 nights, they must abide by the Benedictine monastery's rules, adhering to a strict timetable of instruction, study, prayer, reflection and routine work duties. They must fully immerse themselves in every aspect of the monks' simple life to embark on their personal spiritual journey. But what will the monks think of them? Will the lessons they learn have the power to transform their everyday lives, or will they consider their short stay in the cloistered world of the monks to be worthless? Will the core values of humility, obedience and silence be too hard a cross to bear, or will they find God and decide to stay?