In November 1839, the final debate on the future of Upper Canada (later Ontario) and Lower Canada (later Quebec) is taking place in the Assembly. Marc Edwards is writing pamphlets for Robert Baldwin and supporters of Lord Durham’s recommendations for the way they are to be governed. When a sleazy blackmailer preys on elite members of the Shakespeare Club, it skews the delicate negotiations calling for responsible government independence from the British and the union of the two provinces. Marc’s former deputy, Cobb, goes underground posing as a budding actor. Marc, now a barrister, must save a dear friend from the gallows.