Based on the novel 'Oil!' by Upton Sinclair, 'There Will Be Blood' chronicles the life of the charismatic and ruthless Daniel Plainview (played by Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis), an oil prospector who is driven to succeed by his intense hatred of others and psychological need to see any and all competitors fail. The film displays his rise to power as he follows a tip on a valuable supply of oil struggling beneath the Sunday ranch. When he attempts to buy the ranch, he meets the sanctimonious Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) who knows of the oil and uses the oppurtunity to finance his church. Soon Daniel's accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, as he begins to alienate himself from everyone important in his life, including his son H.W. Plainview (Dillon Freasier).