The Bouchards, by a stroke of the pen or a word in the right ear, could change the destiny of nations--and they did. But all was not well within the family fortress....There was Henri. He was consumed by his lust for power--and his illicit passion for another man's wife. ANd Celeste. She had devoted her life to her husband, Peter. But Peter had failed her as a man. She detested Henri but she could not resist his strength. And Peter. He was an invalid for his courage threatened to expose the treachery of the Bouchards.... THE FINAL HOUR--a brilliant novel in the grand manner of all Taylor Caldwell's famous bestsellers.