Young teacher, charming and able to get along with people, living ordinary lives. Every day, he goes to work in a school where students learn how to, and the elderly. People older for various reasons could not do that before.
Among them, he meets an interesting old cleaner, who lost all his family in his childhood, and he barely survived. The story of how his own father killed his family, the old man set out in writing. Jake praised the pupil for a truthful, albeit a tragic story. This story touched the soul and a little beyond the scope of everyday life of the teacher, who himself used to dream of becoming a writer, but something did not happen. Perhaps if it were not for the tragic events in the life of the cleaner, who could have become a different person, get a good education and a very different perspective in life - thinking, Jake. In the life of every human being is something that abruptly changes the direction of life, its length and its quality.
Every day, Jake Epping visited his friend at the diner. Al Templeton, the owner of the diner and part-time waiter in a fatherly attitude toward Jake. They often talk on any topic. Once Al becomes ill, and his friend, the teacher brings him home. This is the second event that disrupted the normal way of life of Jake, but so far he does not even know how. Long otnekivayas, E recognized a friend that he had cancer for a long time and that he wants to tell the unusual story of death. Templeton believes that only Jake will be able to understand and believe in this fiction as time travel, to be more precise in the past. It shows the time the gates, which are in a diner, and Jake suddenly finds himself in the '60s, in the same city of Lisbon. El tells him his theory that can make all the difference, namely, the future of America if to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Templeton eloquently trying to convince a friend that he went back in time, there will change things for the better. Jake refuses, but the next day to think things through, went to the house of Elah. Find a friend, he sees that he died. A little thought, Epping decides to go into the past. What does he have to lose? Life as a routine, no prospects, and his wife divorced, and then new horizons.