Tracing his ancestry through six generations - slaves and freedmen,
farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa,
Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was
this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment
and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held
the key to Haley's deep and distant past.