Synopsis: Dramatisation of the rise of Chess Records set in Chicago of the '50s and '60s. Guitar man Muddy Waters abandons the fields of Mississippi to chase his dreams of stardom. He arrives in the windy city, guitar in hand, and meets Polish emigre Leonard Chess, who owns a bar with a stage for upcoming blues combos. Muddy and harmonica player Little Walter catch Leonard's eye and he spies an opportunity to cash in on the burgeoning record business. Laying his family's future on the line, Leonard creates his own label - Chess Records - and makes Muddy his first signing. Big Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and emotionally damaged Etta James also sign on the dotted line but the studio and its stars burn too brightly.