From the Publisher
“Th e Eleventh Commandment,” written by Choles Meeks Phillips andMichael Phillips, off ers a work of fi ction which seeks to dramatize thelife and complex destiny of a powerful southern man and his family.Centered on rich landowner Tom Lacey, the saga reveals that hisdemanding personality has put a great deal of stress upon his family. Tom isnot the type of man to hide his disappointment in his children, and whenhis daughter Hannah becomes pregnant by a black farmhand namedLem, Tom reacts by killing the man. Because of Lem’s light appearance,Tom passes off the child as white. Tom feels a great deal of aff ection forthe boy and treats him well despite his mixed parentage. Th rough a detailedplot, the chronicle follows Tom as his complicated actions and personalityeventually catch up with him. As the story concludes, Tom has come tosee the error of his ways and tries to make amends for his racial prejudices.In “Th e Eleventh Commandment,” the author’s descriptions of events,supporting characters, and settings are intended to augment the scopeand tone of this narrative.