is the story of a New York detective, John Amsterdam
, who's anything but ordinary. He's brilliant and mysterious, and has the burden of keeping a deep secret -- John is immortal.
In 1642, John (Nikolaj Coster Waldau
) was a Dutch soldier in the New Amsterdam colony, which would later become New York City. There, John put himself in front of a sword intended for a native girl during a massacre. In return for saving her life, the girl saved John and conducted an ancient spell in which immortality was given to him. The only way that John will age is if he finds his true love.
But to John, finding his true love would be bittersweet. During the past 300 years, he's experienced year after year of endless adventures, perfecting his many talents.
However, everyone John meets eventually leaves him, all passing while he remains young. Friend and jazz club owner Omar
) is the sole keeper of John's secret, and also keeps a fair share of his own.
As the thrill of eternal life has slowly turned into emotional isolation and loneliness, John begins to think his eternal life is a blessing and a curse all in one.
Over the past 3 centuries, he's lived through the transformation of New Amsterdam from a colony to one of the largest metropolis' in the world. Using the experiences and the knowledge from the changes that he's seen, John is now the NYPD's top homicide detective. Alongside his partner, Eva Marquez
), they solve complex murder cases, slowly ridding the streets of dangerous criminals. However, when Amsterdam suffers from a massive heart attack, he's pronounced dead in the ER by Dr. Sara Dillane
), but later recovers. Amsterdam realizes that the native girl's prophecy may be coming true since he felt the pain in his heart that she foretold many years ago. Thinking that his soul mate is nearby, John continues to work to find a killer knowing that his life, and ultimately his death, may have changed forever.