In Romania, an alcoholic French monk named Moreau warns a monastery about an impending attack by the devil’s forces to obtain a boy named Danny. In the attack, Moreau tries to help the boy and his mother Nadya escape, but the distrusting Nadya shoots at Moreau and flees with her son. Believing that only the Ghost Rider can protect the boy, Moreau seeks the Rider’s help.
Eight years have passed since Johnny Blaze became the Ghost Rider—a vengeful, fiery spirit who feeds on the evil of his victims and consumes the souls of sinners. The Rider does not differentiate between infractions—anything from genocide to a white lie—and Blaze is driven into hiding, fighting the evil spirit within him. In exchange for Blaze’s help, Moreau promises to restore his soul and remove the Ghost Rider’s curse.
Nadya and Danny’s pursuers force them off the road and bring them to their leader: Nadya’s former boyfriend Ray Carrigan. Carrigan is about to execute Nadya when the Ghost Rider appears, killing several of Carrigan’s men. Nadya distracts the Ghost Rider, who is shot with grenades.