Nick Herald, a professional genealogist working in New Orleans, is hired to search for Louisiana relatives of an elderly man, a Holocaust survivor. After finding the old man murdered, Nick realizes that this is no ordinary case of innocent genealogical curiosity. He uncovers a tangled tale of betrayal, bigotry, lust, and shame spanning two centuries of Louisiana's history, back to the Civil War and slavery days and beyond. Nick stumbles upon murderous mysteries with roots in Jewish and African American triumphs and tribulations. His investigation delves deeply into the unique history and complex ethnic gumbo of Louisiana. Ultimately, genealogical sleuth Nick Herald makes courageous decisions to right old wrongs and expose the guilty—while doing his best to save his own neck.
This report prepared by Jimmy Fox