The tone of the book is quite subjective. The author is telling his own story of his involvement with the radical Chicano Militants. He not only was their lawyer and defender, he actually was one of them. He took part in the planning of their activities as well as in several acts of violence. He drove the car for the Safeway bombing and was part of the planning for the bombing of the Los Angeles courthouse. Brown grew up as a poor Chicano and experienced many of the same problems and frustrations that the residents of the Tooner Flats barrio in East Los Angeles.