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lderly toy maker Ernest Manby is murdered and robbed,his tongue cut out and the local vigilance group arrest fourteen year old street urchin Thomas Gower,who is found with Mr Manby's money box. The boy is sentenced to hang,having said nothing to defend himself,but Reid is aware that Gower was part of a street gang of boys whose leader ordered the killing. Thomas agrees to talk to Reid but the gang goes after him,killing the lawyer who tried to protect him. Thomas takes refuge at Deborah Goren's orphanage,from where he was taken to work the streets,and is joined by Reid and Drake. A siege ensues before Reid learns the real reason for the toy masker's slaying and justice is done.

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