Based on powerful true stories, 'The Mill' continues its tale of workers at the time of the industrial revolution - a revolution that would build an empire for the bosses, and a new world of unionised labour and the vote for the workers. But first, there is much to be done. Young Esther Price, a girl not afraid to stand up for her rights almost loses her job, but instead finds herself negotiating her freedom. As she prepares to move into a place of her own, life at the Mill faces new challenges. Migrant labourers have arrived in the form of the Howlett family from down South and the father, John soon rises to the role of new overseer. Paid by the piece his attempts to improve output, and his wages, may lead to disaster. Another newcomer, Peter, is a black apprentice brought over from the Greg Plantation in the West Indies to speak in favour of the abolition of slavery. All around is change and striving, with workers rallying for their rights and the Greg Family struggling to maintain the status quo. Regardless, the future awaits them kicking and screaming like a newborn baby with all that is both good and bad still to come.