When Julia Winstanley, daughter of a prominent west end family starts to work with W.T. Stead, muck raking editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, she finds herself and her family involved with some of the worst people in London, people who kidnap and sell young girls to brothels on the continent. Everyone knows about the trade, but no one except Josephine Butler and her followers dare do anything about it. The city’s most notorious madame has circulars handed to her MP clients right on the floor of the commons. As Julia and her suffragette sister, Serafina, battle for legal means to find missing girls, the catastrophic Jack the Ripper murders begin, the most notorious murder mystery of all time and unsolved to this day. Julia’s handsome cousin, Miles, tries with Julia’s help, to stalk the monster through the back streets of Whitechapel. With the aid of a clairvoyant photographer, they discover, to their horror that the answer to the Jack the Ripper murders and the trade in abducted girls, lies in their own family’s past.