Brilliant and brash, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades is leading the fight against financial corruption in America. As the most powerful prosecutor in the country, he's won 81 insider trading cases -- and lost zero. But when criminal evidence turns up against wunderkind billionaire Bobby Axelrod, Chuck recognizes that he needs to proceed judiciously. Is his excess of caution due to his professionalism, or the fact that his wife works for Axelrod?
A self made Wall Street billionaire with one of the most successful hedge funds in the business, Bobby Axelrod enjoys all the trappings of his success: mansions, a private jet, a helicopter, and a personal chef. But he also doesn't forget his humble roots, or the fact that he survived 9/11 by a fluke. Although Axe's intentions are good, the temptations of greed and power are enormous and the lines between right and wrong in high finance are blurry at best. He is a shrewd enough player to never reveal his full hand to anybody.
A psychiatrist by trade, Wendy Rhoades combines an avid intellect with a keen understanding of human nature. She used those skills to help Bobby Axelrod build his hedge fund from the ground up and now works as the company's star in-house performance coach. Wendy joined Axe Capital long before Chuck became the U.S. Attorney and she refuses to sacrifice her lucrative career for her husband's crusade.
Bobby Axelrod's right hand man is the COO of Axe Capital, Mike "Wags" Wagner. Wags is a patrician WASP who still has to work for a living, and no one has ever kissed ass with more aplomb. But he truly does have Bobby's back, for which his boss rewards him handsomely.
Taylor is a brilliant, young gender non-binary intern at Axe Capital whom Bobby spots and mines for their outside-the-box way of thinking. At any given time, Taylor is usually the smartest person in the room.
A hungry young Assistant DA, Kate Sacker boasts an ivy-league pedigree and lofty ambitions toward public service. Her mentor Bryan Connerty recognizes that Sacker's smarts and social access make her the most valuable member of his team -- and a woman he'd like to know better.
Chuck Rhodes' father is a wealthy, blue blood realtor and New York businessman. He is both his son's advocate and a thorn in his side, as he still has his hand in various Wall Street dealings that make his son squirm. Their relationship is deep but complicated, and Chuck, Jr.'s disdain for his father's relationship with money played a role in his own career choice.
Chuck Rhoades' right hand man in the U.S. Attorney's office is Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Connerty. A tough, idealistic lawyer from a modest background, Connerty admires Chuck and shares his zeal for righting wrongs. In fact, Connerty's commitment to justice may exceed his boss's.
Stunning and stylish, Lara Axelrod is the picture of a billionaire's wife. But her persona is entirely self-taught. A former nurse, she grew up in a blue-collar family of police and firefighters and still thinks of herself as a tough girl from Inwood. Lara's not afraid to marshal her considerable resources to protect her family -- or to get what she wants.
Michael Prince is America’s heartland billionaire, a man whose staggering wealth is matched only by his towering ambition. Though his ideal is to be good as well as great, his unshakeable belief in the rightness of his vision for humanity’s future drives him to be ruthless in the pursuit of his goals. Prince wants to reshape his conquered empire of New York in his own image. And he’s probably not going to stop there. But to what end, only he knows.