Think history is boring? So does Marcus Santana—until he’s swept out of present-day Philadelphia and into Benjamin Franklin’s cellar on the first day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. With no way home, Marcus joins Franklin’s household, aiding the elderly "sage" at the convention and falling in love with beautiful Elise, Franklin’s cook who escaped slavery in Haiti and is in continuing danger of re-capture. At the convention, Marcus records the nation’s most celebrated leaders—men like Washington, Hamilton, and Madison—as they struggle to design a government that will unite the deeply divided states into one nation. But Marcus is outraged by their attitudes and actions towards slavery. And the delegates, and even Elise, are outraged by his outrage! Will anyone listen to him when he discovers a ring of saboteurs plotting to destroy the convention?