Somewhere, sometime in the future, Dr. Joseph Buchanan (John Hurt) has developed a revolutionary weapon that will change the way wars are fought. But during the testing of his new super weapon, something unexpected has happened: somehow a hole has opened up in the time/space continuum,
creating a "timeslip," a gateway into the past. Buchanan and his state-of-the-art computerized car are sucked into the hole, ending up in 1818. Shocked but ever adaptable, Buchanan hides the car--he might, after all, be able to explain his clothing, but the car would be bound to cause a problem.
He makes his way to the nearest town, barters for a meal and finds himself in the company...