"I can't wait any longer. It's time to take control." (Emily Proctor journal entry, December 3, 1897.)
Devastated and angry, Emily will stop at nothing to get Aurelius home--if she can only find him. On her new adventure, she will meet Liza, the witch doctor, and just in the nick of time--but is it Liza of the past or Liza of the future? Emily will also discover a secret that will change the Proctors forever. Meanwhile Aurelius investigates the Underground, the true Area 51 operated by the military and a strange society. He will cross paths with archrival enemy and future ally Syrius, who will save the day more than once throughout the Aurora Conspiracy saga. While he's there he is also introduced to Nikola Tesla, who vows to get him home. Emily will meet Syrius and discover he knows Aurelius and where the Underground is. When she decides to follow him, she finds herself in the kind of trouble she never could have imagined, with a noose around her neck. Will she make it out alive, and what does President McKinley have to do with it? Conflict Rising is the second story from the Aurora Conspiracy trilogy prequel series.