The biography, drawn from contemporary records, of the Rev. Isaac S. Kalloch, whose personal charm, golden voice, and way with women covered a career of riot, tumult, rape, perjury, blackmail and adultery. With a pioneer pedigree from Maine, Isaac at 23 was called to Boston's largest Baptist temple, where his popularity saved it from bankruptcy. In Boston, the ""horrific scandal"" of his assignation with a Lady in Black provoked a long court trial in which he was defended by Charles Dana- the verdict, dismissal. A second scandal forced his resignation, led him to New York, then to various posts in Kansas where he engaged in dubious enterprises, on to California where in San Francisco he headed the largest Temple in the country, and where, as Mayor, he was involved in a shooting scandal. An objective, almost too documentary portrait of a rake-hell who provided a lifetime of charm, curiosity and scandal.