The book opens on Oct. 26, 1775 with King George III riding to the Houses of Parliament to address the war in America. In the Houses of Parliament, George III points out that the colonists outnumber the British. The members of Parliament assure George that the Americans don’t pose a serious threat because they lack control. George III firmly believes that “America must be made to obey.” George III effectively declares the colonies to be in rebellion against Great Britain and sends additional forces to end the american traitors uprising. As he suggests they are trying to establish “an independent empire” he announces that he is sending additional land and naval forces to put an end to the unrest that had turned violent at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.