At the same moment that everyone in the world stops dying, the CIA receives an email containing a single word: Torchwood. Moments after, CIA Agent Rex Matheson is impaled in a car crash and miraculously survives, while his analyst, Esther Drummond, sets out to discover what Torchwood is. When Esther runs into the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, she finds herself in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time.
Far away in Wales, Gwen Cooper is living in hiding with her husband Rhys and baby Anwen. Besides Jack, she’s the last surviving Torchwood member and is determined to stay hidden. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, convicted murderer Oswald Danes survives his own execution, and does not hesitate to use this “miracle” to his advantage.