Leeds, England. July, 1899. The city is in the grip of a long, scorching summer, and the only real crime plaguing Detective Superintendent Tom Harper and his squad is a sly, daring burglar. But when his former friend and colleague, Inspector Billy Reed, comes to Leeds to bury his brother, Charlie, something much darker begins to unfold. Charlie had committed suicide and, going through his papers, Billy discovers crippling rent rises and intimidation by a new landlord. Reed asks for Tom’s help in discovering the truth. As Harper investigates, he uncovers a web of violence and corruption that leads back to the mysterious North Leeds Company. Threats quickly become cold, brutal murder as Harper pursues the men pulling the strings. But does he have the power to win?