Jason Kerrigan and Brownwyn Dalmouth are pilots with the Republic of Texas Army Air Corps in 1947. A world war is going on and bombs have just brought an end to Crockett Air Field in south Texas where they both served.
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Jason and Bronwyn, though, are called away from the battle to be test pilots for a new aircraft that – they're told – will bring the war to an end.
The experimental craft lives up to expectations in early tests, but then it lands them somewhere it never should have sent them: 5000 years in the future, to a desolate land bereft of human life.
When they get back to 1947, they find the war over and the Republic gone. Somehow, they've taken a trip to the future and changed the past.