Based on a true story. England, 1724, a violent, corrupt and greedy society. George I is the king of Great Britain and Ireland and Robert Walpole the Prime Minister .The national economy is still suffering from the South Sea Bubble, a stock market crash which involved corrupt politicians. London is the largest and most populous city in Europe and is experiencing a major crime wave. The criminal underworld is being cleverly orchestrated by a man named Jonathan Wild who is operating on both sides of the law. Highwaymen are terrorising travelers across the country and face the possibility of the death penalty if caught. It is believed one in five women are working as prostitutes. The Gin Craze is in full swing adding to the vice & debauchery already plaguing the city. There is no professional police force, private individuals are hired to capture criminals, they are known as Thief-takers.