Edgar Witherspoon is an elderly man with a Rube Goldberg machine filling his apartment. His daughter is concerned and arranges for a social worker to look in on him. It turns out that the machine is an allegory for the world. Harry is constantly making modifications and additions to the machine to keep the world running right.
To the chagrin of his wife Cindy, fading baseball star Ed Hamler sees an uncanny resemblance between himself and Monty Hanks, a fellow baseball player who has the same stats as Ed but lived 78 years ago.
Unemployed Steve Cranston lives with his family in a soon-to-be-closed homeless shelter. One night, he breaks into the home of wealthy Frederick Perry, who pulls a gun. The resulting struggle has a deep effect on several lives.
Biochemist Martin Decker is imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured, but still refuses to reveal a secret formula to his captors. However, his new cell mate's knowledge of teleportation of living matter may provide him with an escape route.
A washed-up, military test pilot volunteers to go through an energy portal to search for others who went through but haven't returned. When he discovers a Garden of Eden on the other side, will he be able to locate the others? Can he find a way back? Even if he does, would he?
Lonely Andrea Moffitt finds a stray cat, who is actually Guillaume De Marchaux, a suave Frenchman who turns human at night but reverts to feline form during the day due to an old curse. Will he end her loneliness?