A 1967 protest march opposing the Vietnam War succeeds in penetrating the Pentagon. Student radicals are raising hell on college campuses across the country. At the University of Michigan, a young CIA agent assigned to infiltrate student protest organizations meets an anti-war activist. Despite their differences—and complicating everything they stand for—they fall in love.
From the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the accompanying riots to the Weathermen's “Days of Rage,” the police killing of a Black Panther leader, and an explosion in a bomb factory in Greenwich Village, Rebellion, Love, Betrayal chronicles the explosive story of political dissidents and those opposed to them as they decide how much violence they are willing to use…or how much is politically wise. The dissidents soon realize that they are no longer talking about simply marching, carrying placards, making speeches, and staging strikes. They see themselves as prepared to inflict pain for their cause.
What is the effective strategy, and what is the moral one? In the end, political plans are shaped by personal idiosyncrasy and affection, by public opinion and civic inertia, and, of course, by fate.