The Son is a quick-moving epic that spans five generations of the McCullough family empire. The most compelling character is patriarch "Colonel" Eli McCullough, the rough-around-the-edges land baron who boasts a past as a Comanche captive, Texas Ranger and Confederate soldier. Eli's son, Peter laments his family's violent acquisition of land and reacts in surprising ways, advancing the plot of the novel. Eli's great-granddaughter Jeannie McCullough, steps up to oversee the family legacy in the wake of the Texas oil boom. Their relationships with one another are complicated and their family history is fraught with impossible liaisons, corruption and violence. Individually, the stories are compelling, and Meyer shines at creating characters that are larger-than-life. But what makes this novel so impressive is the McCullough family's collective and inextricable connection to the much bigger story of Texas. The Son is as much a testament of Meyer's ability to weave together a great narrative as it is a monument to the history of the American southwest.
Kidnapped by the Comanche after his mother and sister are murdered, thirteen-year-old Eli McCullough quickly adapts to Comanche life until the tribe is decimated by armed Americans, leaving Eli alone in a world where he is neither white nor Indian.