A close-knit group of veteran miners commence what would be a normal days work - except today a rookie, the son of one of our veterans, joins the crew. With ever growing safety concerns at the mine, Zeke (Section Leader and coal mining veteran), struggles with the correct course of action, balancing the safety of his men and the need to earn a steady wage in an economically depressed region. Today, however, fate takes matters into it's own hands when a huge methane explosion rips through the mine. Smoke engulfs the men, forcing them to rely on nothing more than, brains, brawn, and faulty self-rescuers (oxygen tanks that afford them one hour of air). Mine 9 is the story of the struggle for survival against all odds; men trapped in hell as the result of exploitation, greed, and circumstance.