The year is 1858 and the world has undertaken great change. The creation of high-effiency steam engines a half-century ago has led to the creation of amazing inventions, both wondrous and destructive. At the forefront of these discoveries is the nation of Great Britain and its ally France. The use of steam tanks and other modern weapons led to a bloody end of the Crimean war. In the aftermath, Prussia makes it known that it now possesses powerful war machines and pushes its borders towards the English channel. Now several European nations sit poised to begin the most destructive conflict the world has ever seen. Can a small band of nice modern gentlemen prevent a terrible world war? We shall all soon find out.