Neurotic Philadelphia homicide detective Benny Steel lives in his comfort zone-ordinary, routine, cynical, and lonely. He expects the upcoming Fourth of July weekend will be no different, but then he is assigned a critical drug-related case-a murder in Old City Philadelphia with no evidence and a rival drug dealer as a suspect. Steel must tread softly to avoid the very real possibility of igniting retaliation between the two rival drug dealers and their associates. Meanwhile, an unrelated crime wave is ripping through the city and forcing him to solve this murder case quickly to quiet public outcry. But he is not alone in his efforts, as he is paired up with a new detective in training, Marisa Tulli, of whom he becomes quite fond. This case presses Steel into a search for a killer whose identity will shock him and thrusts him into a personal quest that will cause him to realize just how precious life and love are..