Across the generations and across the world the descendants of Jourious Aboudi have one thing in common: a destiny to leave a mark on the world.
Naif's journey to the promised land of Peetsburk in the United States sets the wheels of fate in motion. Naif gradually realizes that he might never see his beloved homeland again. Yet he strives for a better life for himself and his growing family.
Brought up on Naif's tales of the homeland his sons have a different world at their feet. Their father's connections allow them to step into the high-stakes "import" business during Prohibition. But when things go bad the brothers make their own desperate journey-landing in the deserts of a newly-sprouted Las Vegas.
What happens when the next generation brings with it a lawyer who must decide whether or not to overlook the sins of his elders? Can Jourious Aboudi's great-grandson find a way to redeem the family name? Or will he become just one more Son of Circumstance?
James Abdo is a third generation Lebanese. His grandparents came from the Bekaa Valley and their story was a true American story. James has been intrigued by the Lebanese culture and history since he was a child. James' wife is Lebanese and their two sons were both born in Beirut.