Talion. . . Retaliation . . . Revenge - a dish here served 118 years cold; grand child kidnaped by revenging grand child; retaliation sought for outrage inflicted; and in the swirl, Samuel F.B. Morse, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, injury, President Chester Arthur, Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt, revenge, Samuel Gompers, William Randolph Hearst manifest destiny, all butting up against a 20th Century Mafi a Don, a suave criminal lawyer, the New York City police, Wall Street, - a riveting story spanning America from the industrial revolution, the dawning of America as a world power, two presidential assassinations, the machinations that resulted in the Panama Canal, the sexual revolution, and a modern woman, head of a bustling Wall Street law firm, . . . buried alive.