As part of secret government program Simon Morley, an advertising illustrator, travels back in time. I thought, what a great idea—I’d love to “see” the past through an illustrator’s eyes. However, I quickly became bored by the long, stilted descriptions of 1882 New York City. Finney’s technique of having Simon explain what he’s seeing and drawing and then saying “as you can see by the picture on the following page” disrupted the flow of the story and was a distraction that led me to skim sections. Once Finney stopped trying to show 1882 in this manner and instead let the descriptions flow naturally as Simon became a participant in events rather than a spectator, the story picked up. The latter ¼ of the book became rather exciting and led to a satisfying ending.