After Cal's father is shot, he learns that the weapon used can be traced back to the murder of Superman's creator's father, and then further back to Abel's murder by Cain.
Man-woman relationships -- Scotland -- Fiction.
Randall, Claire (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction
Time travel -- Fiction
In the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel discovers a sheen of black oil on the surface of the water. But it is not oil. A swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames. A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. What they will find there on the smoldering hulk of the ship will eventually lead them to the discovery of the most audacious scheme they have ever known.
Best friends -- Death -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction
Female friendship -- Fiction
Grief -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction
Follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction-into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist-but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.