|The Rankin Paradox
During a paleontology dig in the mountains of Montana in the year 2016, paleontologist, DR. ALISON REYNOLDS, uncovers an enigma. Her boss asks the critical question which launches Reynolds on a fateful search: "Maybe we'd better call a theoretical physicist, and ask him how does a 21st century timepiece find its way into a 65 million year-old fossil bed?"
DR. CHARLES RANKIN is the top theoretical physicist in the world. His lectures on time theory at Southwestern State University are legendary. It is to Dr. Rankin that Reynolds is drawn. Their subsequent discovery provides a link which enables Rankin to make his time travel theory practical.
Drawn ever closer to Rankin as she works with him, Reynolds discovers the secret that motivates Rankin to unlock the secret of time travel: he blames himself for the death of his wife and child in a car accident ten years earlier. Researching the truth about the accident, Reynolds uncovers a fatal piece of evidence. Unfortunately, she is too late to prevent Rankin from using his time machine to go back in time to stop the accident from happening.
The machine has a fatal flaw: like all things man-made, there is a margin of error. The machine brings Rankin back an hour too early, and 20 miles away from the location he needs to be in to prevent the accident. In his race to stop the accident, Rankin hijacks a truck and speeds to the accident scene. Driven by his obsession, Rankin drives the very truck that kills his own wife and child.
Rankin returns to the present time a broken man. In a carefully crafted plot twist, Reynolds corrects the time discrepancy, saving Rankin's wife and child, but at a terrible price.