James Ingram “Cut” Barnard was a lifetime social worker whose career was marked by his passion for helping his young clients and his disdain for bureaucrats. The latter cost him his job at the Southern Pines School district and forced him to return to his childhood neighborhood of Verdun in the southern tip of Montreal. The move allowed the widower to reconnect with his two grown children and restart his career with Montreal Social Services. However he quickly finds that Verdun has changed and soon becomes involved with Russian mobsters while trying to help those affected by drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. His desire to give troubled kids a fighting chance once again finds him at odds with his superiors. A woman from his past and an orphaned Russian provides Cut with a new outlook on life.