In the 1880s, Samuel leaves Russia and arrives in America. In search of work, he goes to Las Vegas, New Mexico where an anti-Semitic land baron threatens to destroy him. Samuel is befriended by the local priest in his battle against the tyrant, and simultaneously, discovers the love of his life, Esther.
Unfortunately, Esther is Christian, and Samuel must pit the seriousness of his beliefs against his almost overwhelming feelings. Ultimately, Esther discovers she is descended from Conversos - Jews forced by the Spanish authorities to convert out of their religion, and their lives begin anew.
Sheldon Gardner has been a judge for over fourteen years. Although he has had a long and satisfying career in his chosen profession, he has also worked as an election night commentator on several radio stations and served as a political panelist on a weekly radio show. He even had a short radio commentary on matters of opinion.
In the last several years, Judge Gardner has researched the Conversos, descendants of those Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition. Many of these immigrated to Mexico and moved as far north as Northern New Mexico. It is against this backdrop that Judge Gardner wrote this Great American Novel.