Sophisticated, beautiful, and British, Elizabeth is younger than her husband. Elizabeth proves far more business-savvy and politically knowledgeable than the other society ladies of Fifth Avenue.
She believes she ought to use her wealth and influence to improve the lives of others, and does so without concern as to how her actions may be perceived by the rest of New York’s upper class. Elizabeth does not hesitate to speak her mind or take matters into her own hands.
Though raised in a life of privilege, Morehouse found himself changed by serving in the war. Much to his father’s dismay, Morehouse now sees the lower class, particularly Irish and African-Americans, as his equals and treats them accordingly. After losing a leg in battle, Morehouse returned to New York to join his father, Norbert, in the world of high finance.
In 1864, he was New York’s finest.
Corcoran, an Irish-American detective working one of New York City’s most notorious neighborhoods, struggles to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world while on a quest to learn the truth about his wife’s disappearance and their daughter’s murder.
Corcoran shares a secret from the battlefield with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman that inextricably links their lives together, taking them through the contrasting worlds of Five Points, the Fifth Avenue elite, and an emerging African-American community. As he did in the Union Army, and now at the Sixth Precinct, Corcoran proves himself intelligent, valiant, and tenacious.