The novel begins during some sort of
gathering of townspeople at the Time Traveler's home. From the description of the house, we gather
that the story takes place in the mid to late 19th century England. The Time Traveler sparks a
conversation about the existence of a Fourth Dimension - Time. Those in the room contest his 'discovery'
by arguing that we cannot move freely throughout time; therefore it cannot be a dimension on the same
level as length, breadth, and height. To validate his claim, the Time Traveler leaves the room
and returns with a "glittering, metallic framework" resembling some sort of carriage. After explaining
to the group that this model is a scale time machine he has built over the past two years, he uses the
Psychologist to set the mechanism in motion. With the push of a small lever, the machine vanishes.
As everyone stares in disbelief, the Time Traveler announces his plan to explore this new Fourth Dimension
and unveils a full-size time machine, nearly completed.