In the midst of Rebellion are legends wrought, and Mogue Trench knows of a tale never told. What better time to relay it than as the rope awaits.
The Highwayman Joseph Mac Tire knows of hardship - at the hands of Redcoats and Republicans alike - so Ireland's political struggle has less appeal than mentoring an orphan in the ways of the underworld.
Yet the world has a way of catching up to men whose hearts know only darkness - men who hunt, and kill, and howl in rage.
But sooner or later, they howl no more.