The story of “The Rentboy & the Resurrectionist” takes place in London at the start of the 1830s.
Although the bugger act of 1533 has recently been repealed, sex between men remains punishable by death. Still this does not stop gay men from finding love at Molly Houses, and rentboys from plying their trade.
The murder act of 1752 has failed to supply a sufficient amount of “stiffs” for dissection at a growing number of anatomy schools, opening up a lucrative black market for digging up the recently diseased and selling their corpses.
Sometimes these two worlds overlap.