Star City's underworld has been taken over by criminal mastermind Brick, and Green Arrow finds taking him down harder than imagined. Brick wants the Emerald Archer out of his way, preferably dead. So does the Riddler, who's back in town and seeking revenge. Adding to the Emerald Archer's troubles is Drakon, the inhumanly agile mercenary, who returns to plague Green Arrow and his comrades. Mia Dearden, Green Arrow's new ward, also experiences new highs and lows--first she gains a costume and sanction as the new Speedy, but she also recieves tragic news that alters her outlook on life.