In the 1860s San Francisco is emerging from an economic depression with the discovery of the Comstock silver lode in western Nevada. This boom will be richer and longer-lived than the California Gold Rush and began to make a real city out of San Francisco, and millionaires out of some of its citizens. The boom only fuels the justly deserved reputation for vice of every sort.
In the midst of this stand the Editors and their Newspapers; men of the highest ideals and passions who seek to make their influence felt throughout this growing city. None willing to back down, none willing to quite in this struggle of ideas leaving only one form of final arbitration: the Duel.