Who is killing the leading actors on Broadway? Why are they being murdered? Detective Sergeant Dante Lane of the New York City Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to find the killer. With hardly a clue and no witnesses, he has to dig into the odd world of the theater coming across a variety of characters. At the same time he is in a personal battle with the local crime boss operating extortion and vice shielded by the corrupt city political machine. In the tumultuous era known as "The Gay Nineties", Lane, under the guidance of his mentor and friend Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, is empowered to take the mob head on. Can he alone defeat the organized gang's reign of terror? Can he find and bring to justice the killer that's destroying the rising New York theater district?