New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder.
He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top
Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Tom
has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter
sentence. After Tom is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks
disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence would
be to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never
to do in order to protect the woman he loves. Meanwhile, the young
woman in question travels to New York, leaving their son behind in
England, having decided she'll do whatever it takes to find the man
she was to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The
only proof she has is a letter. A letter that has remained unopened
on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year. In Jeffrey Archer's
epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as
secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of
Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.