Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a “mudlark,”
he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to
sell. He’s being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked
the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious
shillings a week to keep safe.
But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until that
fateful August day in 1854, the day the Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the
tailor, is the first to get sick, and soon it’s clear that the deadly cholera, the
“blue death,” has come to Broad Street.
Everyone believes cholera is spread through
poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the
epidemic surges, it’s up to Eel and his best friend Florrie to gather evidence
to prove Snow’s theory before the entire neighborhood is wiped out. Download and start listening now!