Follow Danny Farrell, the son of impoverished Irish immigrants, from the slums of the late 19th century New York City to the heights of political power in Tammany Hall.
To escape the slums and his brutal father, Danny joins a street gang. Danny's physical strength and street smarts, as well as his sixth grade education, enable him to move from the life of a career criminal to that of a reporter for the "World," New York's best newspaper. He changes careers at the urging of Amy Hawkins, an evangelist and the daughter of upper class parents.
Danny falls in love with Amy and struggles to get her hand in marriage. As a reporter, he helps Dr. Parkhurst, a clergyman, to expose the corruption in Tammany Hall and the New York City Police Department.
Their crusade puts the lives of Danny, his family and friends in great danger. Will Danny bring about end of the corruption or fall victim to the immense power of the political machine?