"An abusive, single mother frenzied over her daughter Penny’s abduction, a cop working under a corrupt government, and a mental patient emerging from a delusion in which he believed himself to be a superhero, find themselves together in a search for the missing daughter.
When Mary wakes up one afternoon, still drunk, and finds her daughter missing, she sets out to find her fearing that she has been taken by sex traders. She solicits help from Angus, a loner on a motorcycle. They learn of Lieutenant McCarthy, the only remaining good cop. A veteran detective, McCarthy has fallen afoul of the regime of the villainous, newly-elected mayor, billionaire media mogul Robert Knox. McCarthy has been sidelined after many successful years catching flamboyant bad guys who seem like they come from a comic book. Now he spends his days either walking the old beat or holed up in the archives researching the earliest stories and characters of the city’s history.
Meanwhile the mental patient who has assumed the sobriquet “John Common” goes through a catharsis of slow realization that he is not really the superhero Omni-man but just a normal human with a past of moral failure. With difficulty he escapes from the hospital where he went to get help recovering his super endowment. Many adventures bring them all together having learned where Penny is being held. Pursued by the city authorities, they set out to rescue her, hoping she is unharmed.
And in a closely interwoven subplot set in the old West, McCarthy’s private research of the city records reveals the ‘Garden of Eden’ history of the city’s establishment, and the advent of the super-villain Lucy Burden whose ghost still inhabits and controls the modern-day city."