As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and imprisoned behind a doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic door to enter the wall and she meets Death. She starts to negotiate with Death to save her lover.
Factory owner Roloff loses his mind because of catastrophes and social disturbances in Germany. Roloff starts an unfair fight against the teacher Lehrer Johannes who turns into a radical revolutionary with the support of the masses. Lehrer Johannes also feels a secret love for Roloff’s sister.
At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Cesare sees the future. What will happen in the future is death.