Redemption tells the story of one of the world's best rock climbers, James Pearson, documenting his controversial journey to the top. From a young age, James proved himself to be one of the best trad climbers ever to climb in Britain, climbing what was considered to be the hardest route in the country Equilibrium (E10) at the age of 19 on his third day of trying the route. In the next few years he went on to put up his own incredibly hard and dangerous new routes, including The Promise (E10), The Groove (E11) and The Walk of Life which he decided to grade E12. At the time the only route in the world confirmed at the grade of E11 was Dave MacLeod's Rhapsody at Dumbarton Rock, a route which James had tried but abandoned without completing, questioning the quality of the route.
Shortly after, James’ credibility began to unravel as questions were asked the grading of his routes; in the understated world of British climbing, to over-grade a route is considered a sin. When Dave MacLeod climbed The Walk of Life he suggested downgrading it to E9 6c, leaving James to feel humiliated and ostracised from the British climbing community. Soon after James left the country and began a new life in France, where he met his wife Caroline Ciavaldini. After many years of climbing the hardest routes all over the world, James came back to try Rhapsody, a route which if he successfully climbed would prove his ability to the wider climbing community and himself.