Hilary Dunbar is a uniformed constable with the Vancouver Police with an agenda to rid the streets of drugs, especially the bad ones the notorious dealer, Carlos Navarra, is trafficking.
Heroin addict, Erik Layne, has lived on the streets of Gastown for as long as he can remember, having left home and Toronto as a rebellious teenage addict. His and Hilary's paths cross when she finds him unconscious in an alley after injecting a batch of the contaminated drug.
He must fight for his life to keep from dying, not only from the tainted smack but also from the man who provided it.
A domestic disturbance call goes wrong, and Hilary suffers life-changing injuries as a result. As luck would have it, she and Erik are hospitalized in the same ward at Vancouver General Hospital.
When she sinks into a deep depression, it's he who pulls her out of her doldrums.
But will Hilary's obsession with bringing down Navarra and others like him destroy their relationship and, more importantly, jeopardize their lives?