At a time when England had a death grip on the throat of Ireland, three young Eirenach, born into wealth and privilege, made a covenant of adventure: they would leave their homeland and sojourn in America to search for their exiled uncle, who is somewhere in Montana Territory. A vel based on true events, Almost Kings follows the memorable lives of John Liam Hassett, said to be too beautiful for his own good, and his foster brothers, Michael McGlaughlin and Patrick Osborne. Join author Anne Hassett as she weaves the story of their childhood and boarding-school days in France together with the lives of their mother, Mary, and other family members back in Tipperary County, Ireland. Readers will live through the potato famine with the spirited Hassetts and follow John Liam and his brothers to America, where together they will encounter love, treachery, betrayal, and death triggered by a deeply-rooted lust for gold. Indeed these men were Almost Kings.