It's midtown Manhattan mostly and two long-time rival gangs---both mixed Italian and Jewish---are trying to stretch their territory, because everyone knows, if you don't grow, you die. Some guys are happy in the life, one wants out, one wants in. And then there are a couple of grandmothers who square off. And a daughter who needs her Pop to explain what he does. And a newly minted accountant who just wants to be an accountant but unfortunately was born into "the family." Fate plays large in these stories, but some of the Bad Guys fight it. The tales are Runyanesque and Westlake-esque, along with some straight dramatic stories.