|Premiere date||March 14, 2013 (Germany)|
|Written by||Katharina Schöde, Felix Fuchssteiner|
|Directed by||Felix Fuchssteiner|
The movie opens with a young couple being pursued by several hooded men intent on killing them or taking an item they appear to be carrying. As they are surrounded, the man Paul reassures his companion that Gwendolyn will be safe, that Grace will protect her. Just as the men are about to kill them, Paul and the young woman activate the device and disappear in a swirl of energy.
We fast-forward sixteen years to the day before Gwendolyn "Gwen" Shepherd's sixteenth birthday. Gwen belongs to a very snobbish aristocratic London family. Most of the family members dress as if it were the nineteenth century, and they don't believe in associating with "commoners." This makes them look down on Gwen, because Gwen and her mother Grace and brother Nick are the only "normal" members of the family.
The family is gathered at her grandmother's London castle giving a party to honor Gwen's cousin Charlotte, who is one day older than her. The family has always regarded Charlotte as something very special, as she had inherited a genetic mutation that for some secret reason makes her extremely valuable. Gwen's great-aunt Maddy says that the gene is a hereditary ability to travel back in time, inherited by only one female per generation, but Maddy's obsession with the supernatural makes Gwen not take her information very seriously.
At the party, Charlotte is even more haughty than usual and taunts Gwen that she will never get a date for the school ball. Gwen is attracted to the über-handsome Gideon de Villiers, but he brushes her off and only has eyes for Charlotte. When Charlotte suddenly suffers from dizzy spells, and everyone makes a big fuss about her. Charlotte's mother has her wrapped in a special dress and Gideon rushes her off to the mysterious secret society. Great-aunt Maddy tells Gwen more about the Order of Count Saint Germain and the time travel gene. Gideon is a carrier of the same gene. Charlotte is inducted by the Guardians into the Order. They think she is the "Ruby," the long-prophesied last time traveler.
Shortly thereafter, Gwen also starts having fainting spells and begins seeing ghosts. She goes out to get some fresh air and stumbles into the nineteenth century. The only person she talks about this brief leap in time is her best friend Leslie, who quickly recognizes that Gwen must be the one who inherited the time travel gene, instead of Charlotte. Gwen makes several more uncontrolled leaps in time and begins to learn about a conflict between her family and the members of the Order. Gwen finally tells her mother Grace about her time travels, who recognizes that she is the Ruby and immediately brings her to the Order to get help in controlling her time travel.
There, Gwen is not believed. Her aunt, Charlotte's mother, thinks that this is a desperate attempt to be the center of attention, and the Order's guards, in turn, fear a conspiracy, since decades ago Grace helped the previous time travelers, Lucy and Paul, escape. But most importantly, Gideon de Villiers, the male gene carrier of her generation, also known as Diamond, clearly does not want to work with Gwendolyn because he and Charlotte are close and they have been training together for years for their mysterious "mission." Only Mr. George, a formerly close friend of her deceased grandfather, and Madame Rossini, who makes the authentic costumes for the planned time travel, are friendly and understanding toward her. Charlotte is also extremely upset about being replaced by Gwen.
Eventually it is confirmed that Gwen is the last of a total of twelve time travelers, the so-called Ruby. But Gwen has doubts about the Order and the mission and the Chronograph, with which the Order can control the time traveling of the twelve travelers. Lucy helped steal the Chronograph because she was afraid of the terrible power it held. Gwen is still unsure what exactly is going on, but at the Order, she is given an unlimited spending account, and Gideon is warned to keep an eye on Gwen and is also warned against any love affairs between the two time traveling families. Gwen overhears him say that she is definitely not his type.
Due to the theft of the previous chronograph by Gwen's cousin Lucy, blood samples must be collected from all the formerly living carriers to finish a second device. But Gideon was unable to collect blood from Lady Tilney, Gwen's great-great-grandmother, as she knows Gwendolyn's name and will only cooperate with Gwendolyn. When Gideon and Gwen visit Lady Tilney in 1912, Lucy and Paul suddenly appear, warning Gwendolyn of the dangers of finishing the Chronograph and of the Count's plans to sacrifice her life to achieve his goals. Gideon overpowers Paul and the butler and runs away with Gwen. Back in the 21st century, Gwen takes Gideon out to a "common" restaurant for some Indian food, which is a new experience for him.
Back at headquarters, only Gwendolyn believes in Lucy and Paul's sincerity, while the Guardians are convinced of a plot by the Florentine Alliance that has been fighting the Count of Saint Germain for centuries. Falk de Villiers, grandmaster of the lodge, wants to control Gwen and is worried about her curiosity, but Gideon starts having some twinges of doubt. Charlotte taunts Gwen with her close relationship with Gideon. Gwen breaks the Order's vows of secrecy and shares her experiences with her friend Leslie. Charlotte recruits a teacher at the school, who is a secret member of the Order, to stop them. Gideon picks Gwen up at the school with a limo, which impresses her classmates.
Gwen goes to meet with the Count of Saint Germain in 1782. He can read minds but is not impressed with Gwen and will not answer her questions. The Count wonders what the Ruby's special magic is. Gwen does not know. When she talks about the future to his companions, he chokes her Darth Vader style and warns her not to break his rules. Gwen questions Gideon about his blind obedience to the Order even though he knows little about their goals.
On the way back, their carriage is attacked in Hyde Park. During the fight, Gwen saves Gideon's life, and he is forced to reevaluate how he sees her. Gwen wants to run away from the Order, but Gideon says they can't because the Order "owns" them. Ultimately, he decides to search with her for answers. He kisses her as thanks for saving his life, which Charlotte observes from a window.
At night, they sneak into the Order's archives to find an ancient prophecy about themselves, but the secret documents were transferred to a bank years ago. Using a note from Gwen's grandfather, they convince Mr. George to help them travel to 1942 to find the documents. In 1942, they read the prophesy about how Gwen's death as the Ruby (a.k.a. "the Raven"), bleeding out in the snow, will bring the circle of the twelve to completion. The last part of the prophecy is torn off and missing. Security guards break in, and in trying to escape, Gwen falls many stories to the ground from the top of the observatory tower. After being unconscious for some time in the snow-covered courtyard, Gwen wakes up in a pool of her own blood. The Count then comes in spirit form to confront her. Meanwhile, Gideon is thrown into the dungeon. The ghost of a little boy whom Gwen has been seeing throughout the movie appears and helps keep Gwen discovering Lucy's talisman she has been carrying is a key to help her get into the building and stay alive.
In the present, Gwen is found unconscious from hypothermia. Falk de Villiers quotes the prophecy of her icy death and tries to prevent any efforts to save her life. But Gideon defies this instruction and carries Gwen in the doctor's room. When she recovers, he promises her to always take care of her.
Gwendolyn goes to the big school ball wearing her cousin Lucy's dress and being accompanied by Gideon. She discovers from a family photo that the little boy she has been seeing is her grandfather's dead younger brother, and she concludes that her ability to see ghosts could be the special "magic of the raven." At the ball Gideon and Gwen share a kiss while a ghost dances nearby. The film concludes with Paul and Lucy escaping again from another group of men who are chasing them.
- Maria Ehrich as Gwyneth Shepherd
- Jannis Niewöhner as Gideon de Villiers
- Laura Berlin as Charlotte Montrose
- Veronica Ferres as Grace Shepherd
- Levin Henning as Nick Shepherd
- Katharina Thalbach as Madeleine Montrose
- Sibylle Canonica as Glenda Montrose
- Gerlinde Locker as Lady Arista
- Johannes Silberschneider as Mr. Bernhard
- Axel Milberg as Lucas Montrose
- Johannes von Matuschka as Mr. Whitman
- Uwe Kockisch as Falk de Villiers
- Gottfried John as Jacob White
- Maurizio Magno as Robert White
- Rüdiger Vogler as Thomas George
- Peter Simonischek as Count Saint-Germain
- Frederic Welter as Leopold Marley
- Justine del Corte as Madame Rossini
- Josefine Preuß as Lucy Montrose
- Florian Bartholomäi as Paul de Villiers
- Chiara Schoras as Margaret Tilney
- Jennifer Lotsi as Lesley Hay
- Kostja Ullmann as James Pimplebottom
- Philip Wiegratz as Gordon Gelderman
- Friederike Rhein as Sarah Bloomberg
- Oxana Salzmann as Cynthia Dale
- Martin Östreicher as Lord Brompton
- Butz Ulrich Buse as Miroslav Rakoczy