The Fledglings examines the maturation of three young men in the crucible of the terrifying and bloody first World War. Of course, their loss of innocence is not unique to war alone, but such an arena accelerates the process and is a much harsher compass. The time period is one of revolutionary change throughout the world, but nowhere is the transformation in the early 20th century more pronounced than in warfare.
The problem consists of a string of murders and the ongoing destruction of a number of companies' financial structures through implantation of highly malignant stealth computer viruses. The solution is hidden in the devilish Peccavi file.
James Stanford, a recent college graduate, seeks out an abandoned homestead in the rugged Owyhee country of southwestern Idaho which has recently been scheduled for tax sale. He finds an archeological dig underway there and becomes captivated by the millennia of human drama which is suggested by the artifacts.
Charlie Buchanan, a young rancher in central Idaho, sets out to kill the newly introduced pack of wolves as his anti-government statement. The result is high adventure and endless misery for man and beast.
Smooth-talking Sean Hannity has put his golden tongue to work as a con man par excellence. Other men might be content to go for the easy marks, but Hannity is an artist who considers the entire world his stage. He skates through adventures with very little harm done to his person; his Gaelic charm and quick wits always carry the day. But as he watches a roach crawl its way across his filthy Baghdad cell, he considers that perhaps this time he may have miscalculated.
An inhuman branding by her drunken husband leaves a scarred and bitter Maggie O'Neill. She gradually mellows through the concern of a firm but gentle stranger from Virginia but remains an aggressive 19th century feminist in the young Idaho Territory.