Lineage follows Jamaican politics and history, a Jamaican family, and Jeddah. It begins with the Lion’s illustrious funeral, spanning a century and moving back and forth through a history marred by tribulations, immigration, and sacrifice. The book follows a nomadic, immigrant life across three states, and Jamaica. It is a unique look at an island that is typically only seen through the lens of tourism, resorts, and Bob Marley.
While the Lion was masterful at politics, his dedication came at the expense of his marriage and the welfare of his five children, each of whom suffered neglect and struggled to live up to his illustrious and unbesmirched reputation. Ultimately, repercussions of the Cold War and the family’s position on the island caused the emmigration of the entire clan, with the exception of the Lion.
Jeddah, one of the Lion’s many grandchildren, became entangled in the fallout of the family’s dysfunction to a greater degree than all the others. In addition to the Lion’s ancestry, she had to contend with the history of her paternal family. To whom she was returned and narrowly escaped from only to find herself entangled in INS and the FBI.