In this story we meet two boys who were born on April 15, 1906 in different parts of the world. One of them was a son of a rich family and had all luxuries he could only wish, for the other baby the world of injustice and poverty. When growing up, the first boy went to the best schools, got everything he dreamed of and read history in his books. The second boy had to struggle for his existence, get through the war and made history himself. The plot of the book is very tense and carrying away, written with a wonderful imagination of Jeffrey Archer. So be prepared... the story begins...
1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the general election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate.
The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.
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