In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are dying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories at night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost for an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.
The external scenes of the the factory were shot by the Pixelle Specialty Solutions plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. The inside shots were filmed inside the Belissio Foods plant in Jackson, Ohio. Both plants are roughly 30 miles apart from one another.