In the fictional narrative The Shroud Thief, a thief steals the Shroud of Turin, a sacred artifact that many people believe to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ. The Shroud is maintained in a tightly guarded church in the city of Turin, in the present-day Italian setting of the story.
The Shroud is taken by the thief, a cunning and skillful crook who defeats the cathedral’s security measures. People from all over the world expressed amazement and indignation that such a beloved and significant holy artifact could be stolen, making the heist a worldwide sensation.
The thief is able to elude capture and conceal the Shroud while the theft investigation gets under way. But with time, the burglar starts to regret and feel guilty about what they did. They begin to comprehend the gravity of their crime and its effects on people’s lives.