In the sleepy Chesapeake harbor town of River Sunday, Jim Tench indulges his passion of designing custom-built race cars. When his friend, Captain Bob, is found drowned next to his small fishing boat, Jim assumes along with the rest of the quiet community that this was a tragic accident.
Bob's grandson, Smote Rojos, fiercely insists that Bob was ruthlessly murdered. Tench finds the idea far-fetched, but reluctantly agrees to look into it.
A faint trail arises, one which seems to implicate Strake, a wealthy oilman and collector of antique automobiles. Tench knows the Strake family well. Even now, years later, he’s caught by the chemistry of Julie Strake--the heiress who had captured his heart with her intellect and beauty. The one who had got away.
Only the wisp of a clue, "Black-Eyed Susan", guides him through the thickening fogs, a fragmented history stretching back through the Civil Rights movement, the Civil War, and into earlier, darker times.
When a visiting African author agitates for violent change, and a bomb explodes in River Sunday because of her United Nations testimony, the need for answers becomes life-or-death. Tench races against time to prevent the terror from escalating to catastrophic proportions.
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