A young talented African American lawyer, Martin Grey, saw a group of reporters on the steps of the Foley Square Courthouse. Martin passed a brief comment to the now surrounding reporters and entered the building. The case he has been working on had now grown to a big case of racial discrimination. and today was its finale. The opposing counsel was an African American, Damon Darrell, an extremely skilful and successful man.
When it came to the final closings Damon gave a lengthy argument both serious and yet containing some humour. This left Martin little time to speak as it was approaching the lunch time break. Martin was challenged and gave a short yet convincing speech and noted that Damon Darrell looked uncertain.
Martin won the case and was having a celebration party with his partner, Glen Grossman and their wives and some friends when a smartly dressed man arrived - Damon Darrell smiling broadly and carrying two bottles of champagne.
Martin and Damon developed a friendly relationship and one day Damon suggested Martin should meet some of his close friends. To Martin's surprise they were four heads of some of the largest businesses and all were African Americans.
After some social occasions, parties and dinners with wealthy people Martin was invited to join the group for a white water rafting trip well away from wives and bustle of the city. Anna, Martin's wife, had doubts about the trip, but did not stop her husband despite stating her reservations.
After travelling in a luxurious private jet, which landed on a secluded airstrip Martin found himself in an unfamiliar, heavily forested place. The group were transported along a barely visible track until they reached a gated, guarded compound. A long driveway stretched before them which passed through magnificent gardens. Finally they reached a large, imposing mansion with servants waiting to great them.
Martin is awed by the luxury of the house and Damon tells him he would be meeting their host after dinner. Martin meets the man, who the others treat with great respect, but this is only the beginning of Martin's problems. He must play along with events even though horrified by the dark secrets of the estate. His own life and that of his wife are in danger. Now he realises that he must escape to inform the authorities and bring about the destruction of this place named Forty Acres.
This is a well written, thought provoking novel. The tension smoothly builds up to the dramatic, race for life ending. A novel that holds the reader's attention throughout.