1838 and under the new Poor Law the destitute are now housed in
union workhouses. Two men unknown to each other seek to uncover the
suspected mistreatment of inmates in a small Suffolk workhouse.
Edgar Lawes is a local landowner and justice of the peace; Ambrose
Hudson a London journalist. Establishing himself on the board Lawes
is immediately disturbed by the inhumanity he finds. Hudson becomes
an inmate and covertly keeps a journal of conditions and events
which follow chronologically those of Edgar Lawes. The complacency
of the owners is shattered by a suicide, closely followed by the
brutal murder of a workhouse official. In the wake of these two
deaths unlikely friendships are forged and lives are changed, but
will it be for the better?
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