In 1991, In New York, Matt Scudder is an alcoholic police detective. In 1999, Scudder is retired from the police and is a private investigator without license. When his comrade Peter Kristo from the rehab invites him to visit his brother Kenny Kristo, who is a drug dealer, Scudder learns that Kenny's wife Ann Carrie Kristo) had been abducted and cut into pieces by the kidnappers. Now Kenny wants to find the killer to get revenge. Scudder initially refuses the case but then he accepts to investigate. Soon he finds that the killers have murdered other women connected to drug dealers and they get their files from the DEA. When the fourteen year-old daughter of a drug dealer is also kidnapped, Scudder heads up a group to rescue the teenager.