1925, New York City. The Irish Mob rule the streets, steel tycoons grow more powerful, and the poor get poorer.
The book is about a teenager, Dodger, who rescues a young boy, Oliver, the son of murdered steel tycoon, from a group of hit-men who are working for an unknown benefactor. Dodger, a member of a group of child pickpockets working under the protection of the Irish Mob Lord, Bill Sykes, takes Oliver under his wing and offers his shelter for the night, only for Sykes to later find out that Oliver is the "Prince of Rails" and worth a pretty penny for ransom. Fearing Sykes' intentions, Dodger smuggles Oliver out and attempts to return Oliver to his only blood relative alive, his half-brother, Edward. However, Edward doesn't wish for Oliver to return and wants him killed, just like his father, which in turn, would leave him as the sole heir to the million dollar company he now runs as acting CEO. What follows is a journey of crime, thrilling chases, betrayal and murder as one boy works to restore Oliver to his rightful place.