Raised in DuBois, Pennsylvania, Lyle jumps at an opportunity to leave and find a life in California. His chance comes in the form of a lottery ticket. Telling only his parents, following the question of who's going with him. A last minute asking, he asks Dee who he's seeing but a few months. At his side, they see the west which neither experienced before. Lyle recognizes it, although t from this period in time. Dreams reveal a Lad from Ipswich England sold in indentured servitude long ago. An employer brings him into his family as a member. Learning a trade, becoming a person of use in a 1800 Philadelphia estate. Falling in love with Pia, a neighbor girl, and given a direction in life. He marries, taking his wife west to hunt and trap in unkwn lands. His decision ends with regret. Lyle sees a parallel and chooses to correct his mistake.