Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke are building a brand-new school and youth shelter, hoping to nudge kids away from dangerous paths. When Lyle Pickering, recovering drug addict and the brother of their newly appointed child psychologist Rochelle, is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But Rochelle knows better, and so does homicide cop Eve. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points back to his old street gang. As Eve and Roarke track the killer through New York City's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast.