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A thought-provoking journey into probable realities and conscious dreams, where different versions of an individual interact across time and space. What is reality, and what is imagination—and is there a difference?
First he was downsized. Then he lost faith in himself. Then he noticed he was growing older. It only went downhill from there, for Daniel Grant, but that’s where his midlife crisis departed from the normal, expected thing of a man in his late thirties. Through a series of extraordinary events, Daniel began to question the very basis of life itself, of why we were all here, were dreams—his dreams—real, and did humanity dream itself a mass event? Perhaps most importantly, he wondered who or what beckoned him ever deeper into the surreal world of conscious dreams....
Unable to draw a clear line between reality and the imagined, Daniel awakens in the middle of a nocturnal roadtrip, meets up with the mysterious and precocious teenage Maggie-Leigh, and is taught life lessons he considers fantasy. His journey takes him beyond the edges of reality, upsetting the very foundations of life as he knew it. What he finds forever changes how he will live, think, and act—and even how life itself will continue to operate.
And this is only the beginning.
“Are you happy with your life?” Maggie-Leigh asked, breaking the silence. She turned to Daniel, the soft glow of the dash highlighting her concerned features.
“Am I happy with my life?”
“You’re not allowed to answer a question with a question, you know that.”
“Sorry. It’s a loaded question.”
“That’s why I asked. I figure I can learn quite a bit about a person.”
Daniel held onto the steering wheel and pulled back with his shoulder blades, stretching his upper back. “Are you hap—”
Daniel relaxed. “Not in the rules, okay-okay.”
“Why is it so hard for people to answer that question? Everyone I ask does the same thing. Procrastinates.”
Daniel gave her a surprised look. He turned back to the road. “Your question cuts right to the quick, that’s why. It hits people where it hurts most. In their dreams.”
“I guess I don’t understand why people don’t live their dreams—why live anything else?”
Daniel chuckled. “How old are you?”
“What does that have to do with anything?”
“You’re right. It’s not a fair question.”
“Well, I think it is: what does age have to do with anything?”
“You certainly don’t give up, do you?”
“Am I supposed to?”