He wastes no time in looking up his old boyhood friend, and one-time playground protector, Mike Doyle, who has made it big since those school days. Doyle is now a popular politician and leader of the city council. He has power, glamour, and seems to be the kind of man that always gets exactly what he wants.
Ever the journalist, Driscoll wants to know exactly howDoyle does it and what is going on behind the scenes, and Doyle could use a newspaper-man on his side at election time. They rekindle their acquaintance as they are both strategically useful for each other. But then things take a turn for the personal as Driscoll gets closer and closer to exposing Doyle as a fraudster.
What follows is a cat and mouse game, set across the political and criminal backdrop of Prohibition America in the Midwest, New York and Washington D.C. as each man tries to best the other.