A Permanent Bond
A Permanent Bond is an international and legal thriller which explodes a conflict between a shipbuilder in the Republic of China and one in the United States over the acquisition of a revolutionary discovery: an epoxy that bonds enormous sheets of steel, saving millions of dollars in labor costs during the construction of large container vessels.
Ben Leavitt, an M.I.T. graduate who has spent years in his loft configuring his formula, now faces a divorce from his neglected wife who, with their eighteen year old son, has moved into posh quarters on Louisburg Square on Beacon Hill, Boston, with her boyfriend.
The riveting story details the activities of Chinatown in Boston, the smuggling of immigrants through the foggy marshes and wooded forests of the twenty-eight mile Indian Territory which spans both sides of the United States and Canadian borders, the kidnapping of Ben's son, Adam, and the struggle between two warring Boston Tongs for approval from Beijing.