picks up in January 1865, after the president's re-election, at the height of his popularity. The Union forces' conquest and peacemaking negotiations seem more likely than ever, but Honest Abe (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) has abolition on the brain. The controversial amendment has already passed in the Senate, and, to the public, he has posed its success as a military necessity to end the war. His secretary of state, William Seward (David Strathairn), and his wife, Mary Todd (Sally Field), beseech him to bask in his post-election afterglow and end the war through other means. Lincoln cannot be deterred though. In one scene, silencing his carping cabinet, he sums it up: "I want to wrap the whole slavery thing up."