The last time the United States looked on its own citizens
with suspicion, the results were ruined dreams, shattered lives—and murder.
Today, people point fingers and shout, “Terrorist!” Not long
ago, the accusation was “Communist!” Many who testified before the House Un-American
Activities Committee said they did so out of desperation and fear. Those who
refused to speak were fired or blacklisted. Others fled rather than betray
friends or their belief in American liberty.
David Weber and Jana Vardian were Hollywood’s golden
children; their fathers, successful screenwriters, mingled with stars and
studio moguls. Then HUAC shattered their idyll, sending David and his parents
into exile in Europe; Jana’s father testified and soon became a famous
Returning to Los Angeles as an adult to bury his father,
David comes to the attention of FBI agent Brian McKenna, who is still eager for
a big case. Jana Vardian watched her father torture himself after testifying, and David’s return painfully reminds her that she once believed in love and
When people with ties to HUAC and to David’s father begin
turning up dead, long-buried secrets are dragged into the open. McKenna quickly
tags David as the prime suspect, but in a world where special effects can turn
a man into a beast, Hollywood’s sheen of glamour cannot long mask its dark
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