Compared to “The Firm” or “Pelican Brief”, this novel is a bit slow-paced. Have a little patience and as the drama unfolds, you’ll find yourself lost in a tale that went back two generations.
His second divorce left Seth Hubbard almost penniless. Determined to not wallow in self-pity, he took some outrageously calculated risks to build his wealth. The risks paid off and he became a very wealthy man within the span of ten years.
When he realised he was losing the battle with lung cancer, he wrote a new, hand-written will that left most of his fortune to his black maid while cutting out his estranged children. He committed suicide a day later and left strict instruction to Jake Brigance, an attorney, to defend his will no matter the cost.
Unsurprisingly, the will caused a controversy and his children contested the will. The fact that Seth Hubbard was on pain medication to deal with his illness raised question about his testamentary capacity. The attorneys of his children got busy digging dirt about the maid to prove that she exerted her influence to persuade him into changing his will.
The real reason for Seth Hubbard’s new will was a dark secret that had been hidden for decades and Seth was trying to correct an injustice. Only Ancil, Seth’s long lost brother, knew about the secret. Will Ancil be found on time before all is lost?