Washington, D.C., June 1863. It is the week before Gettysburg, and the nation's fate hangs in the balance. Major Russell Johns is being played by puppet-master Gerard Chantier, who hosts the city's most lavish entertainments, attended by members of Lincoln's cabinet and Washington's elite. Little do they know Gerard is coordinating an attack with Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry to take over the city, kidnap Lincoln and bring victory to the South.