From the cover: A panoramic novel on a grand scale. . . the saga of the passionate and poerful Van Vliets of Los Angeles. The love story of Amelie -- the sensitive ardent young girl whose uncompromising code of honor leads her to choices that will reverberate for generations. The tale of two brothers whose fierce love for the same woman almost destroys them both. The culmination of passion in the next generation when the shy, beautiful heiress Tessa meets the one man she should not marry. The chronicle of a unique city, Los Angeles, wrestling with the power of the railroads, dealing with the discovery of oil, growing into the fabulous capital of filmdom.