“THE PENINSULA preened in the bright sunshine. Its waters gleamed, and the alternating colors – dwellings and gardens and the varied evergreens of live oak, magnolia and palmetto – marched up a slight incline from White Point Gardens to Calhoun Street, an expanse of little more than one square mile. The survivor of conflagrations too numerous to count, the Peninsula was smug in its history. . .”
Thus begins a tale of degradation, terrorism and destruction set in the one-time capital of the Deep South. The Peninsula, having shed its former provincialism in favor of world-wide celebrity, comes under attack for what it was and what it has become. Its citizens, those rooted in 350 years of history and those who arrived yesterday, are set against one another at the same time implacable forces gather to destroy it.