Boston: In the aftermath of the Boston Massacre - a deadly street confrontation between American colonists and an occupying British brigade - John Adams, a farmer/lawyer who has moved his family into Boston to establish his legal career, takes an unpopular stand by agreeing to serve as defense attorney for the accused British soldiers.
John Adams in town square
John Adams in town square
John Adams in town square
Following a fruitless session of the Continental Congress, a sabbatical at Adams' Braintree farm is disrupted by news of the attack on Lexington and Concord.
John Adams holds Abigail Adams outside
John Adams holds Abigail Adams outside
John Adams holds Abigail Adams outside
A new period of separation from Abigail looms when Adams is appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to France along with Benjamin Franklin.
Young John Quincy Adams looks through eyeglass on boat
Young John Quincy Adams looks through eyeglass on boat
Young John Quincy Adams looks through eyeglass on boat
Convalescing in Holland, Adams learns of the British surrender to Washington at Yorktown. The Dutch, unwilling to part with their money during the war, now generously open their pockets to Adams and America.
Benjamin Franklin and John Adams on couch at French party
Benjamin Franklin and John Adams on couch at French party
Benjamin Franklin and John Adams on couch at French party
Elected America's first Vice President, Adams is scolded by Abigail for his vanity, and is frustrated by his exclusion from President Washington's inner circle.
John Adams sits at dinner table
John Adams sits at dinner table
John Adams sits at dinner table
Abandoned by Jefferson for retaining Washington's cabinet, President Adams holds firm on keeping the nation out of war, despite French aggression and pro-war sentiment among his advisors.
John Adams reads letter
John Adams reads letter
John Adams reads letter
In retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of tragedies.
John Adams stands before painting
John Adams stands before painting
John Adams stands before painting