The story of Colin Rich and his extended family covers the time period from 1866 to 2001 and relates how major historical events affect their lives. It begins in New Mexico and proceeds through Texas to New Orleans, Chicago, California, and New York.
Due to various unscrupulous people, death befalls members of the family, thus inciting retaliation. They unconsciously use the adage, 'Actions speak louder than words,' because there is an inherit desire or will to take revenge.
This thrilling tale is told to Jason Ward by San Francisco's F.B.I. director Warren Peters. Jason is then asked to track down Wayne Montague, an old Army buddy of Jason's, who he believes might be on the verge of committing a heinous crime. If that happens, it would lead to a national - and possibly international - incident. With great reluctance, Jason accepts, but, after their meeting, he is unsure of Wayne's intentions.
Many historical facts and conversations between Warren and Jason bring fascinating information to life in this thriller.