A young girl (Jennifer Carpenter) dies under thecare of her parish priest (Tom Wilkinson). While attending college,Emily believed she became possessed. After medical care ceases to work,she turned to her faith. In the care of her priest she dies and he goeson trial for her death. He is represented by a career-minded and drivenlawyer (Laura Linney) who does not believe in God. Thus is the story ofEmily Rose, told by those in the trial and the priest who watched herthrough her possession.