It’s the end of the world, and Hertell Daggett's new job is to save it. Well not save it so much, as just… Remember it. The earth’s magnetic poles reversed, and people are starting to forget things.
The poles have switched many times over the last few billion years, and it never made much difference to the blue-green algae and trilobites and dinosaurs that were running around eating each other all day back then. But the last reversal happened almost a million years ago, before civilization and culture, and alphabets and numbers, and money and God, and atom bombs and X-Box. So this time it’s different.
Civilization has just had its clock reset to the great cosmic flashing 12:00am from almost a million years ago, and humanity, and everybody in it, has pretty much forgotten everything it learned since the last time.
Everybody that is, except Hertell Daggett, who remembers pretty much everything.
Because he’d once been shot in the head in a celebratory New Year’s Eve accident. The doctors got most of the bullet out, but they missed a few tiny specks of copper that stayed behind, floating inside his brain, connecting him to all those things that everybody else on earth has forgotten.
And it falls on Hertell Daggett to start civilization all over again, and maybe even help get it right this time. Because sometimes all it takes is a single person who remembers history to change the course of it, sometimes by thought, sometimes by word, sometimes by deed, and sometimes by complete accident.