London. 1888. Two of the most diverse and unlikely characters in Victorian London are brought together by a savage street robbery and an unexpected act of charity. 25-year-old John Howard Batchelor, disinherited and cast out of the family home after ...
refusing an Army commission, struggles to survive on the streets of London. Cullen Moffat, a 55-year-old retired Colour-Sergeant, now driving a London hansom cab, is lonely and disenchanted with civilian life. As a veteran of the Crimean War, he misses the comradeship of Army life. The two men find themselves working together on the intimidating streets of London - Cullen Moffat's experience and discipline acting as a counterpoint to John Batchelor's impetuous and sometimes ill-judged behaviour. By chance they are drawn into the investigation of the brutal Whitechapel murders. What they discover takes them beyond the boundaries of East London and Jack the Ripper, endangering not only their own lives, but also the very existence of the British Empire.