Written shortly before the 2004 Presidential election, many aspects and emotions of Shepard's The God of Hell are equally relevant today.
God of Hell is set on a Wisconsin dairy farm where the heifer-breeding Frank and Emma live in rustic isolation. But their peace is shattered by Graig Haynes, a radioactive refugee from a plutonium-producing establishment. While Haynes hides in the basement, a supposed salesman of patriotic baubles named Welch turns up in hot pursuit. What follows is a process of intimidation in which he not only gets his man but terrorizes the innocent mid-Westerners.