The prospect of being hanged, drawn and quartered made John Mitchel and Thomas Meagher question their Cause. A million of their fellow countrymen were dead, but why should they die too? What more could they possibly do to stop England from wiping their race off the face of the earth? The answer forced these two extraordinary men to play a prominent part in the history of no less than three separate countries. Together, for the sake of their own, they faced bloody rebellion on one side of the world, suffered the brutality of convict chain gangs on the other, before they parted ways to fight for North and South in the American Civil War and against the savage Red Indian uprisings of Montana — a story impossible to believe, but true.