StoryTo begin all over again is a classic American dream, but it is remarkably hard to do, as Irish immigrants Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit the streets of modern-day Manhattan. With their two daughters in tow, they emerge into a realm as comical and adventure-filled as it is strange and terrifying. The family faces a dizzying new future - but first they must face down a past that haunts every single one of them.
With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement populated by junkies, drag queens and a colorful assortment of characters, and attempt to turn a Gothic horror-movie setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. Yet, while they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and wierdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them all from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, Christy and Ariel dare to knock on the door of "the screaming man", a mysterious neighbor named Mateo, and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.