Plexus Publishing, Inc., whose Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City is the basis for a major HBO series from Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, announced the publication of Trenton, a new novel by authors John P. Calu and David A. Hart.
Told in two parts, the novel’s action begins in 1774 as the revolution brewing in the American colonies is set to erupt in violent conflict. In Hopewell, New Jersey, near Trenton, the nearly lifeless body of an orphan girl is pulled from the Delaware River by the son of John Hart, an unheralded New Jersey signer of the Declaration of Independence whose “rabblerousing” has brought down the wrath of the British Crown and its many local sympathizers.
As the Harts become pivotal players in the rebellion, fighting alongside George Washington, Ben Franklin, and other patriots from throughout the colonies, John Hart becomes a hunted man. Young Edward Hart—inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine—falls in love, enlists in Washington’s ragtag army, and suffers tragic losses on and off the battlefield before victory at Trenton changes his life and alters the course of history.
In the explosive second part, modern day Trenton comes into vivid focus as Luis Alma—son of Cuban immigrants, hero, and reluctant candidate for mayor—struggles to hold his family together. Against a backdrop of crime, corruption, and murder, a mystery unfolds linking the Alma family to the Harts of Hopewell, and a young man from the wrong side of the tracks discovers that the key to Trenton’s future may lie in a secret from its past.