Boston near the end of the First World War is the setting for this richly layered novel of two families. The Coughlins are Irish, deeply embedded in the police and political structure of the city. Luther is black, running away from a crime committed in the Midwest, working for the nascent NAACP in Boston. Baseball, anarchists, immigrants, Brahmins, all form a part of this satisfying historical novel, the first of the Coughlin Trilogy.