Wickport is an English town and home to Professor Adam Wright. Not long ago, it was a reasonably prosperous port. But in the aftermath of Wright's experiments in 1885, the town acquired a reputation for being haunted. It is currently in decline and great despair. People tell stories about demons living near the coast, ruling the waves. Some even say the devil himself came to Wickport. Some captains, like Frank Morvell, are heavily scarred by events at sea. Other townsfolk, like Eva and Father Oscar, suffer heavily under the indirect impact. Due to the decline in maritime activities, few people attend church and the tavern revenues drop heavily.