New York City, 1883. Kate Donovan, an Irish immigrant, becomes a prostitute to fund the upbringing of her younger sister Maureen after their parents are killed in an accident. Kate wants to protect and school her sister so Maureen can enter New York society and have the American dream.
Through sheer force of will Kate rises from the back alleys of the Five Points to the respectable world of Gramercy Park. She becomes mistress to some of the most powerful men on Wall Street, while her sister, using a new identity, becomes the darling of New York Society and marries into one of America’s most influential families.
No one knows that Kate and Maureen are sisters, except one exceptional person, Osgood Plimpton, lawyer and fixer to the great and powerful. The secret could destroy Kate, her sister and everything Kate has built.
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Directors: Mike Newell, Scott Winant
Producers: AMC and E-One UK
Cast: Gabriel Byrne – Osgood Plimpton
Mira Sorvino – Alva Vanderbilt