Richard is an ordinary man living an ordinary life engaged to Jessica. One night he stops to help a young girl (Door) who is bleeding, much to Jessica's chagrin. Door asks him to find the Marquis for help. Once Richard involves himself in Door's life, he becomes invisible and forgotten in London above.
Richard must find Door and get his life back. But Door has problems of her own. Her whole family was murdered. Is she next to die? Richard ends up in London Below in a mess of abandoned subways and sewer tunnels. Door leads Richard on 'quests' and Richard experiences an exciting dangerous life.
This story is a dark urban fantasy. Although the characters are not likable, the reader is drawn in. Gaiman has shown his immense imagination in his fantasy world of London Below. An excellent read!!
First Line: "The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself."