Shortly after John Adams returns from Philadelphia in 1777, he is again ordered into action by Congress. This time he is asked to travel to Paris to join the negotiating team of Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee, who are trying to secure an alliance with France against Britain.

Adams decides to take his ten-year-old son on the journey. JQA bravely endures violent storms and a battle with a British ship. In France, he must learn a new language and culture, find his way in a foreign school (he'd never been to school before), and figure out how to care for himself during the long hours his father must devote to business.

Image credit:

"Benjamin Franklin." Mezzotint with line engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie after the drawing by C. N. Cochin, ca. 19th-century. Massachusetts Historical Society.