New Albion follows the lives of the employees of the New Albion theatre in London, England, in 1850, through the journal entries of the stage manager, Emlyn Phillips. Fighting it's own reputation ? hindered by it's location and "sketchy" (at best) audience, a police commissioner who demands "morally upstanding" plays, and a playwright so decrepit and addicted to laudanum that the actors of the New Albion are never sure what to expect, the troupe attempts to put on the best show possible, each and every night. The reader is introduced to the entire company of actors, all of whom have their own set of issues, but who consistently band together as a community and family in the face of every obstacle ? and there are many. As the theatre encounters problem after problem, Phillips must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for the sake of his passion.