Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy's life--or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen year old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a strange magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.When Dane and Mandy have their car accident they are on their way to their new home they just bought. Dane has been told that Mandy died but in truth Dr. Kessler and several others have a strange time machine in the basement of the hospital and they have already saved 2 other lives by using the time machine. Mandy is their third patient to be used in their experiment but something goes wrong and she goes from being 59 to 19 but still in the present not the past.
Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by the teenager who has never met him, doesn't know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.
The begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protegee, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy's powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.
She wakes up at a fairgrounds that her father used to take her to all the time. She does not remember anything except that she must meet up with her father. She is dressed only in a hospital gown, no shoes, no I.D. and no underclothes. She keeps asking for her father and finally she realizes that she is not in 1970 and that the people surrounding her are strangers. That is when they whisk her away to the mental hospital, where she learns about her magic abilities. For whatever reason, she thinks her name is Eloise, which is her mother's middle name.
From there she learns to fend for herself on the streets, never realizing that people are watching and that there is a consequence from using the time machine that will put her in the race for her life. Dane is there to help as he is not fooled by the "people" who supposedly did this to help her and now want to try another procedure. Dane realizes that they are not on his and Mandy's side and decides to do something about it!
Okay, that is where I am leaving off. The rest of the story and what I left out here and there will give you enough to make you want to read this fascinating book. Lots of things happen in between the times I talked about and the end will surprise you.