Nat Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport are twins who are separated at birth by a meddlesome nanny. Nat grows up with his parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman. He completes his education, goes to war in Vietnam receiving the Medal of Honour and later, becomes a successful banker. Fletcher, on the other hand, grows up in an affluent family, goes to Yale, becomes a prominent criminal defence lawyer and goes on to become a senator. Nat marries a computer whiz whereas Fletcher weds his childhood sweetheart. Both men are unaware of their relation, but know each other by reputation. They are pitted against each other for the position of governor of Connecticut. But when Nat gets accused for the murder of their common foe, Ralph Elliot, Fletcher defends him and helps to prove his innocence. Their secret becomes known only when Nat donates blood to save Fletcher’s life and both are found to have the same rare blood type. But they ultimately decide to keep it a secret.
Jeffrey Archer weaves a plot full of drama and suspenseful twists, taking the readers through the remarkable lives of two men, separated and reunited by destiny, who rise up to every challenge that life throws at them. Though the story is a little unrealistic and clichéd, it makes for great reading, Archer proves yet again that he is a master storyteller.