This paperback collects two Year One stories: Robin: Year One and Batgirl: Year One. Both stories were written by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty. Robin: Year One was illustrated by Marcos Martin, Javier Pulido and Robert Campanella, while Batgirl: Year One was illustrated by Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez.
The Robin: Year One storyline was published from October, 2000 to January, 2001 in its own four part comic book series Robin: Year One and the Batgirl: Year One storyline was published from February, 2003 to October, 2003 in its own nine part comic book series Batgirl: Year One.
The first storyline, Robin: Year One, tells the tale of young Dick Grayson's baptism by fire as he dons the costume of Robin for the first time. After a young Dick Grayson's parents were murdered, millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne took the youth in as his ward and changed his life forever. Using his days in the circus as a trapeze artist as a basis for his education, Batman spent months training Dick in the ways of combat and crime fighting. Soon Dick dons the costume of Robin, the Boy Wonder for the first time and patrols the night by Batman's side. In his earliest adventures, Robin learns very quickly that what he thought would be fun is actually a matter of life and death.
The second storyline, Batgirl: Year One, is about the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon and uncovers Gordon's transformation from average citizen into the costumed super-heroine Batgirl.