This is a book about what might have been. What if Joseph Smith had survived Carthage Jail and had gone on to run for President of the United States? Would he have been successful? Would the Civil War have begun in 1845, as a result?
This style of writing is called “counterfactual history”. You will go away thinking, “Yes, it really could have happened this way”.
In Book Two, Joseph completes his campaign swing through the eastern states. William Smith goes to work for Horace Greeley. The stonework on the Nauvoo Temple is completed. Joseph Smith meets Abraham Lincoln. Joseph returns to Carthage as a trial witness. The national election is held, and Joseph and his shadow cabinet travel to Washington City as the Southern states begin to secede from the Union. Joseph makes preparations to move the Saints to the Upper California, under the direction of Brigham Young.