Jake Jordan was an unemployed ex-police officer, looking for work. He had quit the police force after shooting a 13 year-old boy, Tyree Plantain, he had mistaken for the drug dealer that killed his partner. His two years of unemployment ended when he applied for a job at the Manhattan Guardian, a newspaper that relied on a Newsboy Legion for its stories. Arriving for the interview, Jake discovered the building under attack. The newspaper's founder, Ed Stargard, appeared on a television screen asking Jake to rescue him, on the 23rd floor. Jake fought his way up, past gun men and even a golem named Brutus before reaching Stargard. There he revealed that the entire incident was a test and that Jake had made it further than any other applicant. Stargard also new all about Jake's troubled past. He offered Jake the job and he accepted. Jake was to be the Manhattan Guardian's crime-fighting figure head.
Pirates of Manhattan
Jake's first assignment is to cover a disturbance on the N Line at the 8th Street station. He realizes that that is were he is to meet his fiancee, Carla and her father, Larry. The experimental Guardian Mobile he is provided with fails to start, so Jake is forced to use a pizza delivery scooter provided by one of the newsboys. In the subway station, he confronts the Manhattan Pirates, homeless people who travel on old subway trains. He finds a wounded Larry on the platform who tells him they have Carla on one of their trains. Jake takes of in pursuit, but is forced to stop when the train travels through a wall. Jake is helped by a rival pirate, Captain No-Beard, who is after the same treasure as Carla's kidnapper, Captain All-Beard. With the pirates' help, Jake rescues Carla, but when they return to the surface, Larry has died and Carla breaks up with Jake.
Siege at Century Hollow
Jake's next assignment has him tackling renegade robots at a theme park designed to represent the world's ethnic groups, if the world had 100 people. Jake tackles the robots, defending the tourists and staff, one of whom is the wife of the man responsible who reveals this is an attempt to get her disguised as a terrorist attack. The Newsboys then parachute in, armed, to give Jake support in stopping the robots. Jake goes with the police as they arrest the phony terrorist.
Jake heads back to the Manhattan Guardian office, ready to quit as his job has cost to much. There he discovers Stargard is still physically a baby, albeit an old one. Stargard then explains that he was part of the original Newsboy Legion, seven gifted children who had amazing adventures. During one of their adventures, they discovered a Sheeda faerie manipulating a prizefighter. Stargard deduced that the faerie had come from Slaughter Swamp and so the Newsboys went to investigate. There they discover a house full of Sheeda faeries and that they are targeting groups of seven, as it had been predicted that only Seven Soldiers could defeat the Sheeda.
That was the last of the Newsboy's adventures, each of the seven led tragic lives, thanks to the Sheeda Time Tailor. Stargard alone was able to prepare for the coming invasion. Stargard and Larry had planned on Jake becoming a hero and that he along with the other six would never know each other to prevent the Sheeda attacking them before they were ready. By this point, the Sheeda are attacking the building to get to Stargard, who tells Jake to leave. Jake calls Carla to say he is on his way, he then picks up Stargard and readies to fight his way through the Sheeda army with him and his secretary/nurse, Lena.
Hero gets Girl
We next see Jake battling the Sheeda Harrowing on horse back in the streets of Manhattan. As the Seven Soldiers Of Victory are finally victorious, Jake is reunited with Carla and they tearfully kiss. The story is shown in the pages of the Manhattan Guardian.