In one of the last great roles of his career, Richard Harris plays Sandeman - the most feared crime lord in an economically ravaged Liverpool. His kingdom is the city, and his strength is his family. However, an unexpected event is about to cause his kingdom to crumble... When his beloved wife Mandy (Lynn Redgrave), is killed in a mugging incident, Sandeman becomes convinced it was premeditated murder. Consumed by grief and determined to avenge her death, Sandeman's rage agitates other long festering rivalries and bitter resentments. Soon his close-knit family will feel the strain.