The earthquake of April, 1906, leveled San Francisco. Survivors hunted for food and water in the devastated city. Here is a young architect who puts his buildings ahead of the safety of his family; a gifted photographer who records the stricken people even while struggling to keep her spouse alive; and a corrupt city engineer whose past suddenly catches up with him. Here are Enrico Caruso, Jack London, and John Barrymore, each caught up in the disaster.
But Aftershocks is also the story of the dying city itself, torn apart not only by the giant fist beneath, but by the folly of its leaders and saviors. There were heroes, too, whose acts of mercy add an unexpected tenderness to the drama.