It is the summer of 1829 and Vice-President Calhoun is spending the Congressional recess at his home near Pendleton, South Carolina. His youngest daughter, Cornelia is helping her father with his correspondence. Calhoun writes to a colleague in the Senate from South Carolina, Robert Y Hayne, expressing concern over the deteriorating relations between himself and President Jackson. Calhoun discusses his theory of nullification with his son Andrew, who is off to Yale, his father's alma mater, in the fall. Calhoun then goes to Washington for the Jefferson Day Dinner in April of 1830 where toasts from the President and Vice-President bring their seething rift out into the open.