Johnny DeMarco is getting his brains scrambled in the fifth round of his comeback fight. Pushing 40 and after five years of retirement, The Brooklyn Bomber returned to the ring to bring Mary back to life. By some miracle, he wins. Reporters write about the stunner in the New York newspapers mentioning that Johnny has been working as a PI. One person who reads about the fight is Morris Steinberg, an old high school buddy, who is now a mogul in the music industry. It’s been over 20 years since they last spoke, but Morris is a man with some ugly secrets in his closet and a missing daughter. Johnny’s comeback puts into motion a series of events during the final weeks of 1999, sending him on an odyssey through an underworld more terrifying than the Mafia and into a confrontation with a sinister organization known as The Ninth Society.