Jessie lives in a small village in 1840 - so she thinks. But when a disease sweeps through town killing many of the residents her parents reveal that it is not 1840, it is actually 1995. The adults in this town made a decision to pretend the time was in the 1800's in order to raise their children in a less corrupt time. But Jessie's parents know that the disease killing everyone actually has a cure and they decide to send Jessie out into the real world to get help. Jessie has a very hard time since she has never seen a car or telephone. To make matters worse she is being persued by some people from the village who don't want their secret revealed. If this story sounds familiar it's probably because you've seen the movie "The Village". The director of that movie was sued by this author for stealing her idea!