Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz was strolling down the pleasant streets of a Chicago suburb, thinking about his family.
He was a simple man, a kind man, a practical man not given to wild flights of imagination.
So when he saw the old Raggedy Ann doll lying in his path, he merely smiled and lifted his foot to step over it...
That was the only thing he remembered.
He did not know that it marked the last act of hsi life on this earth...and the beginning of a terrifying journey into a strange new world where the twentieth century was already ancient history.