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Timeline Study Guide & Plot Summary

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Timeline is a multi-dimensional adventure spanning two unsequential centuries. The story takes the reader from the futuristic world of high-powered technology brokers to the gritty reality of fourteenth century France. Author Michael Crichton, famous for his scientific thrillers, creates a time-travel scenario based on modern day quantum physics. The evil and brilliant Robert Doniger, head of International Technology Corporation, develops a quantum technology that allows human beings to travel to ancient times. Intent on profiting from his discovery, Doniger secretly buys up the land surrounding two ancient castles and a monastery along the Dordogne River in France. Dordogne hires a team of top-notch Yale historians to excavate the site in preparation for its eventual reconstruction. Without informing the historians, Doniger simultaneously sends his own people back to medieval France to document the proper reconstruction details for the site.

Professor Johnston and Assistant Professor Marek become suspicious when one of Doniger's vice-presidents, unschooled in history, displays superior knowledge of the site layout. Johnston suspects that Doniger has hired a competing team of historians and intends to pull Johnston's funding; he demands to meet with the boss. Johnston disappears and soon his graduate students find an ancient document in the Monastery of Saint-Mire written by the Professor himself. Doniger informs Marek that the Professor is in trouble and invites Marek and his top two graduate students to embark on a rescue mission to the fourteenth century.

In medieval Castelgard, Marek, Kate, and Chris become enmeshed in the events they have heretofore only studied on paper. The Professor has been taken prisoner by Lord Oliver of Castelgard and is forced to help Oliver prepare for battle with the usurping Arnaut de Cervole. The Professor's assistants are tested mentally and physically in their quest to rescue their leader and return safely to the twentieth century. On the home front, graduate student David Stern works tirelessly to foil Doniger's attempts to prevent his colleagues from returning. Through Stern's efforts, Doniger's senior vice president is able to stage a modern-day palace coup and oust the evil Doniger once and for all.

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