I find it very interesting that history does not know with any certainty whether Mary Surratt was guilty or not. She ran a boarding house where the conspirators all met. The association is pretty clear—but how much she knew about the plot to assassinate the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State, remains a mystery. There are passionate arguments for both sides of that debate. Ultimately for me, her story is about her love for her son—her stubbornness, her feistiness, her sacrifice of herself, really has to do with protecting her son. She’s a strong, deeply committed woman and an interesting, complex character.