"He wasn't always the Guardian of Hell's Kitchen. Once, Matt Murdock was a quiet child, bullied by his peers and driven to constant study by his father, a burned-out boxer with the dream of setting his son on a higher path. But when a truck full of radioactive waste crashes into the young Matt, he gains abilities beyond anything he, or his loving father, could have imagined. Then "Battlin' Jack" Murdock is killed after winning a fight he was meant to lose, and Matt is left on his own. A new mentor, the iron-willed Stick, mysteriously appears to guide Matt but his motivations are unclear. Struggling toward adulthood, Matt yearns for justice; instead he finds love with the mysterious Elektra...and deep-rooted anger on the streets of New York. With a young reporter named Ben Urich, Matt unravels a trail of corruption that will haunt him for the rest of his life. This is the moment the man becomes the hero...and the devil"--Dustjacket flap.