The year is 1775, and the drums of revolution are rumbling. In the southern-most tip of Manhattan, where one quarter of New York’s residents are African slaves and whites are divided between loyalty to the British crown and American patriots, New York is alive with rumours of Negro rebellions and political turmoil over war with Britain. Cromwell Stone becomes a reluctant slave owner after his loyalist father-in law purchases Abasi and his family for their failing business. With his Yale-educated sons aligned to the colonial cause, Cromwell is caught between divided family sentiments over both the issue of succession and slavery. Set to historical occurrences, the fast-moving events sweep Cromwell from a life of political apathy to terrorism against his own people.