Imagine that countless civilizations inhabit “our” Earth, strung out along the time stream like dew drops on a spider’s web. Each occupies their own thin slice of time, with the human race and the world as we know it sandwiched between the multitudes. This is the reality retired engineer Roy Washburn is able to explore after finding a small, unremarkable metal cylinder.
Faced with his wife’s terminal illness and a daughter who resents him for his workaholic and selfish nature, Roy must decide whether to use the cylinder to satisfy his own wants or to help his wife and daughter through their crises. Much to Roy’s surprise, the two goals are not mutually exclusive.
Ditch the brat and the wife, go surfing on Alpha Centauri!
This isn't a hook, it's an idea.