King Leopold II of Belgium, having decided his ambitions are far greater than the "small nation of small people" he reigns over, sets out to swindle for himself a colony in Africa.
As working class conditions seem to be getting worse instead of better, a new political movement emerges, advocating intervention on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and disenfranchised.
Theodore Roosevelt becomes President and at once begins turning everything upside down. Scott Joplin writes an opera about it.
Theodore Roosevelt becomes a war hero, and Vice President of the United States. An anarchist assassin takes the life of the President, William McKinley.
Reinforcements from the Western nations turn the tide in the fight against the Boxers. But will they get to Beijing in time?