There’s a rip in the blue umbrella, and time—and
Chelsea—are slipping through!
One moment she was there, the next moment she was not, and
Ches Cholmondeley was watching when it happened. And he learns of
other mysterious goings-on: for three days in a row the world’s
atomic clocks have lost a second, resulting in bizarre accidents
ranging from dropped casseroles to plane crashes. Are these events
related? What’s a brother to do?
Figure out a way to get his sister back, of course. In search of
answers, Ches befriends the local clockmaker, Myron Stinchcombe,
who knows a lot about time, and seeks out Sky Porter, who knows a
lot about, well, everything.
But time is running out. And Ches is torn, knowing that the very
deed that can save the world might also keep his sister from ever
returning to it.