Primed for promotion to the World-Journal city editor, grizzled
senior reporter Pop is stunned when it's announced that young Leonard
Caulborn, the publisher's son-in-law, will get the post. Worse, the lad
wants him out. In protest, Pop demands to be given a beat again and gets
his wish... only now he's got just two days to find the "real" story
about a dead-end assignment — a month-old physics lecture — or be fired.
Pop starts searching for the story's source, a professor named Pertwee,
he lands in the middle of the story of a century after the Empire State
Building, Grant's Tomb and Grand Central Station all disappear.
Apparently, Pertwee's the mastermind behind it all. But Pop soon
discovers that, instead of inventing a new way to blow things up, the
professor may be doing quite the opposite.