Virgil rescues Dante from three threatening animals and they begin a journey to Hell.
When Dante has doubts, Virgil reassures him. He tells him how he was approached by Beatrice, Dante’s crush, to help him.
Virgil explains the Hellgate’s inscription to Dante.
They see the neutrals.
In Limbo, Virgil meets his friends and Dante gets to meet his favorite poets.
He and Virgil get a ride across the Acheron with Charon.
They travel from the Second to the fifth circle.
Here, Virgil reveals the mysteries of Fortune to Dante.
While crossing into to the city of Dis, Dante gets angry at a Wrathful sinner and pushes him into the river. Virgil rejoices.
At the gates of Dis, Virgil’s "persuasive word" fails and they’re locked out of Dis. Fortunately a Heavenly messenger saves them.
In the sixth circle, Virgil tells Dante to speak appropriately to Farinata.
During a rest, Virgil explains the structure of Hell to Dante.
Virgil convinces the Centaurs to lend him a guide through the seventh circle.
While Virgil summons Geryon, Dante is sent off to meet the Usurers. He gets scared and runs back to Virgil.
The two of them mount Geryon and are flown down to the eighth circle.
Dante is mistaken for Pope Boniface VIII, his hated enemy, by the Simonist Pope Nicholas III. Dante wrathfully condemns him to his punishment. Virgil is pleased.
Dante cries out of pity for the Diviners, Magicians, and Astrologers. Virgil rebukes him.
Virgil convinces the Malebranche demons to guide them safely across the circle. They lie to him about a bridge. While they’re busy tormenting another sinner, Virgil and Dante escape. Virgil picks up Dante like a child and runs like hell.
While talking to the Hypocrites, they learn the demons lied to them about the bridge. Virgil is pissed off.
Dante and Virgil witness the horrible punishment of the Thieves. Vanni Fucci is rude to them.
Dante and Virgil witness the dismembered Sowers of Scandal and Schism.
In the ring of the Falsifiers, Dante witnesses an argument between Counterfeiter Master Adam and Falsifier of Words Sinon. Virgil rebukes him for being so petty. Dante is ashamed.
Virgil convinces the giant Antaeus to carry him and Dante into the ninth circle.
They traverse the ninth circle.
They witness Lucifer. He’s not that great.
Virgil picks up Dante and they climb down, then up, Lucifer’s body. Virgil explains why to Dante.
Dante and Virgil emerge on the surface of the earth.