In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United
States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence
of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after
the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars
and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital
in New York City.
In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation’s
spiritual needs. In Labrador, the Army wages war on the Dutch. America,
unified, is rising once again.
Then, out of Labrador come tales of the war hero “Captain
Commongold,” the Youthful Hero of the Saguenay. The masses follow his
adventures in the popular press. The Army adores him. The President is…troubled.
Especially when the dashing Captain turns out to be his nephew Julian, son of
the President’s late brother Bryce—a popular general who challenged the
President’s power, and paid the ultimate price.
As Julian ascends to the pinnacle of power, his admiration
for the works of the Secular Ancients sets him at fatal odds with the Dominion.
Treachery and intrigue dog Julian’s footsteps. Hair’s-breadth escapes and
daring rescues fill his days. Stern resolve and tender sentiment dice for
Julian’s soul, while his admiration for the works of the Secular Ancients, and
his adherence to the evolutionary doctrines of the heretical Darwin, set him at
fatal odds with the hierarchy of the Dominion. Plague and fire swirl around the
Presidential palace when at last he arrives with the acclamation of the mob.
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