There Will Be Blood

In 1898, Daniel Plainview, a silver prospector in New Mexico, mines a potentially precious ore vein from a pit mine hole. After dynamiting the lode, he falls down the shaft and breaks his leg. With the silver sample, he climbs out of the mine, drags himself to an assay office, and receives a silver and gold certificate claim. In 1902, he discovers oil near Los Angeles and establishes a drilling company. After the death of a worker in an accident, Daniel adopts the man's orphaned son. He refers to the child, H. W., as his business partner, because he allows Daniel to present himself to potential investors as a family man.