At the beginning of the 19th century, coal became the fuel of choice and in a short time turned once poor agricultural countries, such as Germany, England and France, into rich and powerful industrial nations.
The story of bituminous coal is also one of courageous men, visionaries and of secrets. This two-part film follows the trail of these people and how they changed our world : how did the miners live? What dangers did they face? Which is hidden behind the disastrous mining accidents?
The history of coal is a story of hopes and dreams, but also of trials and tribulations.