The sons of an illiterate Belgian shoemaker and a poor Irish farmer came to America with a dream and little else. They had been destined to follow in their fathers' footsteps, but each was unshackled from a life of destitution by the same key -- Ben Franklin's autobiography. The remarkable success achieved by Ben, the son of a simple tallow chandler, gave them the inspiration they needed to reach beyond their grasp. As a result, Thomas Mellon and Leo Baekeland became great titans who changed the American landscape. Their galvanizer, Ben Franklin, rose from humble beginnings and accomplished so much in his long life that a simple biographical sketch can't begin to do him justice. And Ben was more complex than a diabolical Sudoku puzzle.