Batman's efforts to contain the violent gang warfare that has erupted throughout Gotham aren't enough. Even though Tim Drake has once more taken up the Robin costume to help, Batman is unable to fight an entire city full of crime... and now he's strained his relationship with the relatively new Police Commissioner Akins. Deciding that he can do more good in another guise, he once more dons the identity of 'Matches' Malone, trying to gather information from the underworld, as well as make contact with whoever has orchestrated this chaos. Little does he know, that this devestation was accidentally started by Stephanie Brown, after he dismissed her as Robin. Attempting to prove herself to him, she tried to implement a plan she'd previously found in the computers of the batcave. But in not knowing all of Batman's secrets, she failed. Catwoman is the only one who knows, and she's sworn not to tell Bruce. But telling Leslie... that's different.