1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two events will change New York City. Forever. Timothy Wilde's dreams literally incinerate in a fire, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD. While making his rounds, Wilde literally runs into a little girl, not more than ten years old, dashing through the dark in her nightshift...covered head to toe in blood.