By the mid-twenty-first century time travel had become possible via energy “umbilicals” that tie one era to another. However, due to social factors and over-specialization, science begins a slow decline, and, by 2148, technology is at a standstill and there are only a handful of people left who know how to operate the time chambers. Against a backdrop of regressing civilization, a new and terrible disease arises with a nearly one hundred percent mortality rate. Medicines developed to treat the disease have only made it more virulent.
When brilliant but troublesome biologist Janis FitzHaven notices a connection between the current plague and the Black Death of the fourteenth century, she and her lover, Stone, abscond with one of London’s few remaining time chambers. Janis claims the answer lies in medieval England. But is she really looking for a cure, or does she have something else in mind? And does it matter? The idealistic Stone has rescued a peasant girl from degradation and death, an act of altruism that could render Janis’s plans moot … and have devastating repercussions for the entire future of humanity.
A Survivor’s Tale is a small book about big choices. About confronting the evil consequences of a force that is not evil. About love, and a hope that survives the end of the world.