Given his history of failed relationships, and with his career in disarray, Jason quickly agreed to join physics professor friend, Nelson, in his experiments in time travel. Initially he relived brief flashes from his past, mostly melancholy, featuring the women of his life. He revisited his first college love, the first date with his wife, and a long ago summer romance from high school. Soon he began reimagining scenes from alternate versions of his history: what if scenarios, in which he had made different choices. The displacements became darker and began wreaking havoc on his health. In the Way Station—a realm where time and space do not exist—he learned he must delve deep into the space/time matrix in order to avoid being permanently placed in some bleak, loveless reality. He realized he must seek the portal he was truly intended to inhabit, before it was too late.