The American Time Line runs trains from the 22nd century into what used to be called “the past.” At Crisis Station, for example, history runs as normal until 2007, when people from the future arrived and bought up all the sub-prime mortgages. At Black Station, the future arrived 13 years ago, prevented the Great Depression and the Prohibition (not to mention World War II), and flooded Chicago with a cloud of bullet-proof utility fog.
A year ago, the Time Line opened up Knickerbocker Station in 1907. This was shortly before the Knickerbocker Panic and shortly after the birth – and the theft – of Emily Gallagher’s illegitimate child.
That’s where Ruth Hunter, comes in. She’s the daughter Emily will now never have, a private investigator in Black Station, where the night air smells of utility fog and microwaved good samaritans. The Chicago Outfit’s got ray guns and flying cars now, and they’ve switched their racket from running booze to human trafficking. Emily escaped them, and they want her back.
Protecting Emily means going up against the most powerful criminals in this alternate world. Worse, recovering the stolen baby means travelling on the time trains. And worst of all, Ruth has to work with her family.
THE CENTURIES UNLIMITED is a time-travel/noir family drama with flying gangsters.