It's a damp, chilly night in March of 1975, and veteran Philadelphia police officer Jack Bowen is lying on the cold, gritty floor of Cal & Nell's bar, just inside the front door. He's bleeding and in agony from gunshots to both hips. Three feet away, the would-be robber who had fired the shots is also on the floor, his eyes open and the sawed-off shotgun lying nearby.
Suddenly, Bowen feels a tug, and the pain in his hips ratchets up to excruciating. He feels himself being pulled out of the bar and onto a stretcher.