In 1750, horrific weather conditions in Bern, Switzerland, caused a family of three brothers, from an old Swiss heritage, to emigrate from their beloved Alpine homes and establish a new life in what was initially in a prosperous climate. Once established in a small town on the Normandy coast of France, two of the brothers and their spouses raised their children to adulthood, while the third, a man of science, was content to be of service to his fellows by providing healing medicines of his manufacture.
The young men of the family each followed their chosen professions. One became a general of Napoleon’s cannoneers, while the other became a captain in the French Navy.
With the passage of time. Conditions in France worsened, brought about by the governance composed of royals who were not overly concerned with conditions of the lower classes.
Eventually, countrywide strife, leading to revolution, caused these bourgeoisie family members to flee France in fear for their lives. The triumvirate were fixed on the idea of eliminating the royals and also the bourgeoisie—the supposed cause of French misery.
The young cannoneer joined Napoleon in his career, while the sea captain escaped to America with his cabin boy, the son of a famous French officer, and his intended young lady.
The older brother’s family were secreted out of the country to Britain for safety, while the young sea captain and his now wife found their pathway through America and finally find their ways to the heartland of the country, where they remained.