When life makes you a criminal, only love can set you free.
A dazzling story of star-crossed lovers, and the dangerous gangs who ruled the streets, set against the backdrop of gritty prohibition-era New York City.
Seventeen-year-old ‘Bad Luck’ Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he’s determined to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family. He’ll do anything to make ends meet—even if that means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. Quickly in over his head, he finds himself falling for the one dame on earth he should stay away from, but his determination to save the wayward canary just might get them killed.
Masie, the daughter of a wealthy gangster, has the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free of the politics and manipulations of her dangerous father. Soon, she finds herself a pawn in her family’s perilous game for control of the city. With a killer on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to ruin them.
Two worlds collide in Gatsby-era New York, in a time of dazzling speakeasies and vicious shoot-outs, of gritty gangsters and iridescent ingénues, where not everything that sparkles is gold.