Can the actions of our ancestors over two hundred years ago impact our lives in the present Day? Profoundly so for three amateur genealogists who seek nothing more than to fill the gaps in their family tree.

Two centuries of intrigue and suspense lead to a frantic climax as modern rivals attempt to secure a treasure originally looted by a Hessian officer as General George Washington made his daring crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776.

After the Battle of Trenton, a captured Hessian soldier is the only survivor who knows the hiding place of the vast treasure. From there follows a twisted tale of recovery and loss which finally leads to a contemporary genealogical search by the descendants of the Hessian prisoner and a befriended Revolutionary prison guard. These descendants find a cryptic clue in an old family Bible while an unscrupulous rival uncovers the same information by treachery-and a deadly game is afoot.

This page-turning drama of deceit and betrayal concludes with a modern-day climax that is as fascinating as it is riveting. The sleuths find themselves in a race to the finish for the treasure and their opponent has no intention of playing fair.

--Jay Osman