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Timeline of Events

  • June 9, 1976

    Dana time travels and saves Rufus from drowning.

    The River
  • June 9, 1976

    Fifteen seconds later Dana time travels home.

    The River
  • June 9, 1976

    Later in the day Dana time travels and stops the fire Rufus has set.

    The Fire, Part 2
  • June 9, 1976

    Three minutes later Dana time travels home after several hours in the antebellum South.

    The Fire, Part 4
  • June 9, 1976

    Hours later Dana and Kevin time travel to the antebellum South; Dana returns alone.

    The Fall, Part 2
  • June 18, 1976

    Dana time travels to the antebellum South and prevents a grown Rufus from getting beaten to death.

    The Fight, Part 3
  • June 18, 1976

    Later in the day Dana time travels to the antebellum South and saves Rufus in a storm.

    The Storm, Part 2
  • June 18, 1976

    Three hours later Dana time travels home by cutting her wrists after being in the past for months.

    The Storm, Part 13
  • July 4, 1976

    Dana time travels for the last time, kills Rufus, and returns home with a severed arm.

    The Rope, Part 4

Part Summaries Chart

Part Summary
Prologue An unnamed woman has lost her arm. From her hospital room she reflects on the limb's loss and how police have come in an... Read More
The River It is June 9, 1976, Dana's 26th birthday. As she and Kevin, who is suffering from writer's block, unpack books in their ... Read More
The Fire, Parts 1–6 Dana takes a shower to wash away the river water, fearing she will disappear again and reappear naked somewhere else. ... Read More
The Fall, Parts 1–4 Dana has a flashback and reminisces about how she met Kevin while she was working days in an auto-parts warehouse and ... Read More
The Fall, Parts 5–8 Three days go by. Dana learns how to cook from Sarah. She's also been working under the zealous watch of Margaret Weyl... Read More
The Fight, Parts 1–4 In a flashback, Dana narrates the events leading up to Kevin asking her to marry him. It happens about four months aft... Read More
The Fight, Parts 5–8 At the Weylin plantation, Carrie and Nigel recognize Dana. If Tom Weylin recognizes her, he doesn't mention it on the ... Read More
The Fight, Parts 9–12 Dana asks Nigel if he knows how long a letter from Boston takes to reach the post office in Maryland. Nigel doesn't kn... Read More
The Fight, Parts 13–16 Dana wakes up, bouncing along on the back of Rufus's horse, having been tied up and thrown over it sideways. When Dana... Read More
The Storm, Parts 1–6 Dana and Kevin spend the night together in their own bed in Altadena, California. The next day, they find out it is st... Read More
The Storm, Parts 7–13 Margaret Weylin, older and gentler, chooses Dana to be her caregiver because she remembers how Dana used to read to Ru... Read More
The Rope, Parts 1–4 Dana's wrists are wrapped when she wakes up in her bed in the present time. Kevin's doctor and friend, Lou George, had... Read More
Epilogue Dana and Kevin take a flight to Maryland, rent a car, and travel to the area near Easton, where the Weylin plantation wo... Read More
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