The introduction acknowledges that the two main themes of the Small Plates of Nephi are Christ and covenants and proposes that these are supported by the following subthemes for each book:
1 Nephi: Obedience and Sacrifice
2 Nephi: The Gospel Jacob: Chastity
Jarom: Family History Research
Omni (and King Benjamin): Consecration
Jones looks at the small plates of Nephi to find sources of the temple and the covenant path Latter-day Saints choose to live.