Freed from his shackles, psychic pain and despair are replaced by a strong desire to achieve a life replete with dignity and meaning. Truman Black-Iron's escape from slavery left his soul unfettered by festering bitterness. His heroism and sense of righteousness and generosity command respect, as he embraces the value of all humanity, rescuing white and black soldiers equally. Each generation of the Black-Iron family yields a Truman, who is a function of his legacy, his prophetic gift. Imminent peril awaits each Truman Black-Iron, as murder, espionage, war, lusty and forbidden sex, drugs, scandal, love and betrayal encumber their respective lives.