Kitty Harper strives to be an independent, self-sufficient woman, in a time when such goals were often met with disapproval or disdain. Kitty’s dreams are primarily supported by a host of interesting characters, including her father, family friends the McKinleys, and an eclectic prostitute named Sally.
But, the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper also lurks in the dark streets of London, terrorizing the seedier areas of the city – which, unbeknownst to her, means trouble for Kitty. Smy juxtaposes Kitty’s journey to becoming a successful seamstress and designer with the development of a violent, gruesome serial killer – a killer who will impact Kitty’s dreams and become intertwined in her life forever.
Kitty falls prey to the misrepresentations of two men in her life, both Arthur Twigg, her tutor, and James Lockwood , her suitor. Despite a series of heartbreaks and secrets, Kitty continues to fight to maintain her freedom and, in some ways, her innocence, while turning to a surprise confidante to try to change the course of her life.
Smy’s portrayal of the life of Jack the Ripper, brought to reality through dark and mysterious characters, and the impact of destruction and murder on a number of innocents, offers a new, unusual spin on a well-known tale.