The focus here is on the famous detective's involved efforts to safeguard President-Elect Lincoln from a planned assassination. He took up his duties as Lincoln travelled by train from Harrisburg to Washington. This is outlined step-by-step in terse, direct prose. Without relying on invented dialogue or exclamatory statement, Mr. Wise creates and maintains the atmosphere of sustained tension, even though the outcome is known from the start. Pen and ink sketches by Hoot von Sitzewitz adequately support the text.