Unravelling the events of three bizarre days in November, Come Sunday chronicles the kidnapping of a Honduran Indian who is purported to be the 465-years-old Spanish conquistador Cristobal de Olid, and whisks us across decades and centuries, over a seemingly inevitable repetition in miniature of Europe's conquest of America. Olid and his hapless abductor (who sees the whole world as a spaghetti Western), arrive in New York City, where what little "reality" they had clung to drops out from under them like a trapdoor. Here we meet an orphaned cowgirl heiress, Hannah Burden, who maintains a downtown loft transformed into a slice of Nebraska heartland (complete with live cattle and cowhands)--Hannah, against whose history so many others will collide. Ahead waits Owen Berkeley, mad collector and senile gerontologist, who has sacrificed family and fortune to the pipe dream of immortality.
Orchestrating and complicating the whole wild affair is the enigmatic Krieger--who William S. Burroughs, in a brief essay he wrote in 1988 praising this underground classic, describes as "a modern archetype" and who has elsewhere been hailed as "one of the most memorable heroes in recent literature." A brilliant con artist and fast-talking anti-genius, Krieger's manipulations and prestidigitations control the lives of all those he encounters.