The Bad Old Days begins in London in the late 17th century in one of the most deprived areas outside the city wall. Since childhood, George Middleton had always aspired to emulate the wealthy men he would admire on a daily basis. With the help of his criminal minded best friend, the dream of a worthy existence gradually begins to materialise. Each progressive step breeds new desires but when he meets the beautiful temptress, Annette Joubert, he’s willing to do anything and everything to have her as his own. It soon becomes apparent that sustaining a successful life is not as easy as acquiring one. This fact, in turn, shows him that no matter how desperately he tries, past misdeeds can never be truly undone. His conscience is tested to its limit as he finds himself trapped within a way of life he created in ignorance, the struggle to keep his wife’s love, and some simple truths that stir his moral compass.