Six hundred years after the death of Geoffrey Chaucer, a group of walkers follows the medieval pilgrim's route from Canterbury to Rome. During the course of the journey they agree that each will tell a tale in the spirit of the 14th Century Canterbury Tales. Their professions have medieval parallels and, like Chaucer's storytellers, they offer an insight into the attitudes and habits of the day.
A mixture of women and men, British and American, they tell stories of love, adventure, ambition, hypocrisy and revenge. Chaucer often presented moral tales of bygone heroes and villains in re-packaged form; but conforming to today's culture, these modern travelers focus on their own lives, perceptions and feelings.