In 1970, Louisiana high school teacher Robb McDaniel was driving his parents home when a truck rear ended his vehicle, leaving Robb hospitalized and his parents dead. Frank Brackett from the insurance company renders a deal to pay for Robb to attend law school if the complainant drops his suit. Always dreaming of becoming an attorney, but not having the money, Robb quickly accepts the offer. Robb sells the family farm, obtaining very little since the mortgage remained high. He says good-bye to his high school sweetheart Lily Webster and leaves for school. In his final year, Robb meets and falls in love with Ellen Grant.
After ending his relationship with Lily, Robb marries Ellen and joins her father's prestigious law firm. Almost a year later, their first child, Julie is born. Over the next two decades, Robb's personal and professional life begins to fall apart. He starts to see other women and becomes involved in a bank scam. Only Julie seems to want to save Robb from further self destruction and the probability is she will not succeed.
Belva Plain is known for her straight forward personal dramas that cut right to the essence of her characters. Her latest novel, FORTUNE'S HAND, strengthens her standing among contemporary readers by exposing the inner souls of Robb and several of the support cast that touch his sphere. Ms. Plain augments the story line with a strong belief that the workings of fate force individuals to change the linear paths they travel. Though plain reading, sub-genre fans fortunately perusing this book will take immense pleasure from the intriguing plot.