The story never goes anywhere. Neither Jeremy or Amanda change or grow much, nor are either of them faced with a challenge they can do anything about.
The two main characters are Jeremy and Amanda, high school siblings, and the point of view switches back and forth between them. Shouldn't they be more used to this kind of thing, even if they don't have to like it? The House that George Built. Other editions. Bestselling author L. Well, straighter.
The two kids keep their heads down, deal with nasty mores like slavery and wearing of furs, fob off the overweening bureaucracy that is Rome, and wait for the gateway to be re-established. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop to coin a phrase only it never did.
During the school year, his family lives in Southern California-but during the summer the whole family lives and works in the city of Polisso, on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell. For we now have the technology to move between timelines, and to exploit the untapped resources of those timelines that are hospitable to human life.
So we send traders and businesspeople-but as whole-family groups, in order to keep the secret of Crosstime Traffic to ourselves. But when Jeremy ducks back home for emergency medical treatment, the gateways stop working. This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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