Michael Lord is the'second son in a wealthy family where the father believes in primogeniture. Set in 1990 on the Lord family estate in Somerset where the family manages their forests and Brainware, their software development company, the'story describes Michael's strategies at age twenty to become the inheritor of the Lord family fortune by his twenty-first birthday. In a family brought up to ride, to sail and to rock climb Michael manages to demonstrate how he is a survivor and an opportunist where his future is concerned. Michael manages to merge studies, business opportunities, women, drugs, sex, plagiarI'm and family affairs in a variety of ways to advance his own future. Around this character of Michael, an intelligent but self-centred young man, the'story describes the concerns and efforts of Anthony and Sylvia Lord, Michael's parents to understand their son as well as their three other children. The challenge of the'second child in the Lord dynasty has been repeated in each previous generation. Just after Michael's twenty-first birthday, when he partI'lly achieves his annual objective the'story concludes with Michael being pressured to find a supposed lost or hidden part of the Lord family inheritance. In his efforts to find this at all costs Michael ends up paying a high price.
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October 12, 2008
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