Billy “The Great” Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon finds an unlikely savior in Tick Willis, a former fighter who trains the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future on the line, Hope fights to reclaim the trust of those he loves the most.
Billy Hope doesn’t fight like a regular boxer. The reigning light heavyweight champion of the world doesn’t bother with defense. Instead, at a certain point in every one of his 43 victories, an opponent’s blow will land on his predictably bloodied and battered face … awakening some kind of monster inside.
No matter how bad it looks, no matter how close it seems Billy Hope is to being quite literally bludgeoned to death, that Godzilla-like side of his personality always kicks in eventually, even if it’s in the 12th round. Or as one announcer puts it after another successful—and brutal—title take-down, “Just when you think there’s no hope left, here comes Billy.”
For most of his life, Billy Hope’s anger has been his ally. Rage has led to his reign. It’s built a life of luxury for him and his wife, Maureen, (both of whom grew up as orphans in the mean streets of Manhattan’s once-infamous Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood), along with their beloved 10-year-old daughter, Leila.
But after his latest victory, Billy Hope’s anger uncorks at exactly the wrong time, in exactly the wrong way with exactly the worst consequences.