P>In the summer of 1957, two rival gangs fight for control of the Avenue, a neighborhood in the rth Bronx. The mafia, led by Albert Anastasia a man kwn as the lord high executioner is the only force holding the gangs back from all-out war. Since such a conflict would cripple the mafia s drug and gambling empire, a warning is delivered to the gangs: make a move, and you ll pay for it. Johnny Piscalli, leader of the Italian Berettas, and Louis Washington, leader of the Egyptian Kings, try to contain their respective gang members, kwing it would take very little to light the fuse. The situation ignites when the sister of an Egyptian King is abducted, beaten, raped, and left for dead. If the girl identifies her attacker, a race war is certain so the mafia plans to eliminate her. Twenty years later, a priest is murdered while taking confession in a rth Bronx church. More bodies turn up around the country, too, with one common deminator: the Avenue. Local cop Lieutenant Billy Mongelli teams up with FBI Agent Lou Iozzi to find the answers to these killings but in order to do so, they must return to 1957 and stop a conflict decades in the making.