Part One: The Matrioshka Brain
When William Combs answered the help wanted ad for a laboratory assistant position with the Beauchamp University science department, there were a few things he never expected would happen. He never assumed he'd be chosen for the position, he never imagined he'd fall for a lab technician named Beth Crampton, and he never dreamed that he would help break the laws of time and space. Enter: Doctor Elias Gale, whose theories about inter-dimensional travel are as impressive as they are expensive. Too expensive, in fact, for the short-sighted financiers behind the lab's funding. With the constraints of time and money suddenly upon them, Will and Dr. Gale decide to take a risk with their research which will either prove to be the biggest breakthrough in modern science or the biggest mistake of their lives.