The East End belongs to the O'Donnells. Tough, violent and proud, Gabriel O'Donnell bas fought his way up from poor Irish roots to become the biggest noise around. He runs the gambling, prostitution and protection empire that makes him rich, and that one day his boys will take over. It's not easy to love a man when violent crime is his career, as Eileen O'Donnell knows. So she's invested everything in her children : icy cool Brendan ; Luke, who hates the horror of gang warfare ; irrepressible, adorable Catherine with her verve for life. And then there's Patricia, who breaks Eileen's heart because she's married to a man whose brainless viciousness is close to madness. Then Kessler turns up. An enemy from the old days, he's got plans to move in on Gabe O'Donnell's turf. But Gabe swears he will see him burn in hell before that happens, no matter how much blood gets spilt. It's that obsession which leads to a tragedy that will change their lives for ever..