Into Great Silence is an odyssey into a world that is rarely seen. The Carthusians are the spiritual elite (for lack of a better description) of the Christian world. They are essentially our version of the mountain hermits of the east. The difference being that they are hermits for life, instead of for years at a time as in the case with most other hermits. They live a life of full obedience to God which, particularly in contrast to our modern day, is both awe inspiring and incredibly humbling.