New York, 1898. When millionaire Montgomery Gilmore proposes to beautiful socialitenEmma Harlow, she accepts on one condition: he must reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds.
in London, Wells himself learns of certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. On that same expedition was a crew member named Edgar Allan Poe, whose experiences in the frozen wasteland would inspire him to create one of his most enduring works of literature.
When eerie, alien-looking cylinders begin appearing on the outskirts of London, Wells is certain it is all part of some elaborate hoax. To his great horror, however, he realises that a true invasion of the earth has begun. As brave bands of citizens converge on London to defend it against utter ruin, Emma and her suitor most confront the enigma that is their love - a spark of hope even in the gathering darkness of the apocalypse.