The mean streets of Philadelphia in mid-winter are no place for a homeless Irishman without legal residency status. When Michael Maguire gets beaten up, stabbed and left for dead, he finds himself hospitalized, then arrested and brought before a Federal judge. Avoiding deportation he comes to the attention of a local construction magnate who employs him to lobby two U.S. senators in support of legislation legitimizing the immigrant labor he depends on. Michael becomes involved with a senator's daughter, has a child to another girlfriend, smashes a drug ring his ex-wife's boyfriend is part of and maintains a strong friendship with his own beloved daughter throughout. A gripping story, the author follows the protagonist's journey both in the United States and Ireland to take us on an emotional roller coaster exploring the problems that emanate from power, politics, love, loss and deceit.