Of the many stories and conflicts of the Great Depression, the Estevan (Saskatchewan) Riot of 1931 was a foreshadowing of the troubles to come. In the film, Pierre Burton explains the background for this violent occurrence that stands out in Canadian history. Miners toiling in intolerable conditions. A strike, broken by management. Reinforcements brought in to supplement the local authorities. A protest that turns ugly. Men and women wielding clubs and hurling stones. Twenty-one men shot in the street, three of them dead.