A young woman is discovered brutally murdered with the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, believes it Jack’s return but Reid the precinct’s new master believes that it's a different kind of evil at work.
Ernest Manby who works as a toy maker, is beaten to death for a mysterious brass box and the coins indie his pocket. The main suspect is 14-year-old Thomas Gower, who refuses to deny the charge. Reid who his conscience challenged by a lawyer called Eagles and orphanage Governess Deborah Goren attempts to test the security of the case.
H Division and the independent City of London have to work together after the panic surrounding a sudden cholera outbreak leads them to the conclusion that a contamination is afoot in both boroughs. Inspector Sydney Ressler works with Reid’s team as they look around Whitechapel for clues and connections.
During the clearing of a local slum for the underground railway an almost indecipherable murder scene is revealed and an unreliable slum girl witness is also found.
A series of celverly masterminded robberies comes to theattention of Reid and his team, and also manges to steal Drake away from his attempted courtship of Rose.
With the dock strike of August ’89 taking grip of the city, the killing of a Jewish anarchist sees Reid and the team moving into the merciless chicanery of the British government’s fight against international terrorism.
TP Swift shows up in town with his Pinkerton retinue with him to complete the acquisition of an ailing London shipping line. The murdered body of an engine inventor draws Reid’s attentionas Jackson and Susan find their past coming back to haunt them.
Jackson is in custody facing the death penalty for a murder he never committed. Drake feeling is despondent as his personal life is a shambles. Reid's team is in pieces with Leman Street in mourning, and his heart torn between two women.