He strikes a peace deal with the heads of the Five Families, allowing Michael to return and take over control of the Family.

Tragically, a real “thunderbolt” cuts the marriage short — blowing Michael’s love to smithereens.

Meanwhile back in the States, New York’s Five Families have “gone to the mats” and are busy mowing each other down.

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The attempt fails and Michael realizes there must be a traitor inside the Family.

While he tries to figure out the mole, he continues to expand his crime syndicate, meeting with hated Miami rival Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg), whom he suspects gave the assassination order.

The all-out gang war claims the life of Sonny, who falls for a toll booth trap while on a hot-head revenge mission for his sister.

After the death of Sonny, Don Vito decides the violence has gone far enough.

In the aftermath of the attack, Sonny takes over the Family and becomes a war-time Don, seeking council from Vito’s oldest friends, Pete Clemenza (Richard Castellano) and Sal Tessio (Abe Vigoda).

Meanwhile, Michael, the one son who wasn’t supposed to get mixed up in the family business, is the one drawn deepest into the fray, vowing revenge upon Sollozzo and his police captain crony (Sterling Hayden).

Before long, he has blood on his hands and must flee to Sicily.