Nourished by evil, haunted by love. — The Bouchard children had inherited massive wealth and power, a dynasty forged in the flames of war. Now a rapacious private war was raging-for control of their world-wide munitions empire. With deadly cunning the Bouchard men conspired for final, ruthless bloodletting. — But the fate of the clan rested in the hands of two Bouchard women. The widow of old Jules Bouchard who dared to set her sons against each other to save her daughter. And a young woman who wielded the only weapon the family could neither manufacture or destroy-a luminous, passionate love.