For an ambitious medical student like Paula (Franka Potente), being chosen to take part in a prestigious anatomy course taught by a legendary professor is a dream come true. But Paula's delight quickly turns to sheer horror when she finds a young man she met only days before lying in front of her on the dissecting table. Despite all warnings, Paula investigates his mysterious death. She soon discovers that a centuries-old secret society, known for its ruthless research on live humans, is headquartered at the same renowned institute where she is studying. When students begin disappearing, Paula suspects they are victims of the secret society. But with no proof, all she can do is continue to search for the truth . . . even if it means putting her own life in danger.