Eel is just trying to make a better life for his brother but Hugzie took that opportunity away from him. Now Eel has the world on his shoulders. I picture this mudlark running through the streets, constantly watching his back, earning whatever money he can, with fear running through his veins. He’s hiding from Fisheye Bell and the many gangs which troll along the Thames River as Eel doesn’t want to be a part of their stealing and illegal activities. Eel needs to make the money to pay Mrs. Miggle and it would be nice to make a few extra coins to get something to eat for himself. With the Blue Death on the streets, Eel knows firsthand what Great Trouble is flowing throughout the village, but he wants to stop it from affecting the ones he loves. This novel shows how the epidemic of cholera affected individuals and how doctors thought they knew how to contain it.