Hancock County is an extension of Slover’s historical tradition, this time narrowing in on his own Mormon roots. The play is about the murder trials of after the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Governor Thomas Ford (often suspected of being part of the conspiracy himself) has pushed hard for a trial to redeem his image after Joseph and Hyrum’s martyrdom, and has assigned Josiah Lamborn as the prosecuting attorney. Lamborn is a hard drinking man whose image has been tarnished because he was caught accepting bribes on cases. Lamborn is also out to redeem himself. Seeking witnesses, most of whom are reluctant, he finally zeroes in on Eliza Graham, a woman who was once a Mormon, but is “not much in the Church these days,” for reasons that are disclosed in the play.