Black Country is the opening book of The Asbury Triptych Series. The initial story of the trilogy is told from the rugged West-Midlands of England, the iron-working capital of 18th-century Great Britain. The region gains its name from the rich coal deposits which exist in the West-Midlands of England. The region also receives this moniker on account of the darkened skies from the unavoidable by-product of the numerous blast furnaces of the iron-working industry. Nearly 20 hours each day they pour black smoke into the skies.