The novel gives an intriguing look at both sides of the polygamy issue that divided the people of Utah in the 1890s. Through careful research, the author has created authentic settings and characters. The riveting story will keep readers hooked until the final page. John Sewell is an aspiring young newspaperman from Boston with a peculiar assignment: Find out what's happening in Utah, where the issue of polygamy has kept the territory outside the Union and divided a people. In Salt Lake City, John suddenly finds himself lodging in the home of one of the most sought after Church leaders, George Q. Cannon. The Mormons want John to join their church; the non-Mormon's want him to spy for their cause; and now Libby Walker, Cannon's lovely niece, has mysteriously left town--and John thinks he knows why. Live the drama, the heartache, and the intrigue surrounding the climax to Utah's forty-year struggle to join the Union in Marilyn Brown's revealing novel, Statehood.