After a sergeant from K Division is discovered having been hurled from a Whitechapel tenement window on to the iron railings below, Reid investigates.
Just a couple of hours after she gave birth in its maternity ward, a vagrant young woman is discovered murdered in a stairwell at Whitechapel’s The London Hospital. As they investigate, Reid and the team find themselves been drawn the netherworld of the circus freakshows.
An important member of the newly formed London County Council is abducted from his table at Whitechapel’s Blewett’s Theatre of Varieties, where Rose Erskine now works as a waitress. The teams investigation brings Drake back into contact with Rose. Reid is introduced to Councilor Jane Cobden and it looks like the kidnappers are a female gang, and supporters of Cobden’s aims.
Having spent the last twenty years in Newgate Gaol, Aiden Galvin is sprung from his prison wagon’s journey through Whitechapel. Within a short time, he explodeds a device beneath the bed of the prominent MP Cecil Knightly, who is against The Home Rule movement. Chief Inspector Abberline believes that the Irish Republican Brotherhood is at work once again and orders Reid to send the Irish DC Flight undercover into Whitechapel’s Irish community.
An investigation into the brutal murder of a Telegraph Boy reveal a vice racket being run from the offices of the GPO. A ledger leads Reid to the centre of the one of London’s most august financial institutions, Barings Bank.
Local churches and synagogues are being burnt and desecrated in the area and Reid believes that the same person is behind the various attacks who wants to exploit the fragile peace that exists between East London’s different communities.
A valuable symbol of the British Empire’s wealth shows up in the form of an uncut diamond. It is a jewel ‘freed’ from the diamond monopoly of De Graal by one Daniel Judge, Captain Jackson’s untrustworthy older brother. Reid and Flight find themselves being drawn to the plight of a local craftsman defrauded of his work and income by a scam that is set to return H Division to the malign influence of Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine.
Death and violence comes to Whitechapel once again. Some decayed and murdered bodies are discovered in a slum tenement, and the advanced stages of the police divisional boxing championship reveasl the vengeful ferocity to be seen within the ranks of the police force.