The Williams family is connected by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of Gus Dewar, ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrox Wilson. Two orphaned Russian brothers soon become involved, but Grigori and Lev Peshkov's plan to emigrate to America falls foul of war, conscription and revolution. - Quatrième de couverture.