The Black Country in central England at the turn of the 20th century. Ravaged by the Industrial Revolution. Blackened by dust from its many coal mines, its smoke-filled skies etched blood red by the flames of scorching furnaces burning below it. Hell on earth.

When Ethan Baker, a young American with “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show’ arrives there to recover jewellery stolen during a previous visit, he is appalled and sickened by the conditions its people are forced to endure under the oppressive tyranny of a brutal racketeer, and he cannot wait to leave again… until he meets the young woman who will change his outlook on life forever.

Reluctantly, Ethan becomes more and more involved in the affairs of the local community… and finds trouble there waiting for him.