Fourteen-year-old Max knows the there is life beyond a dying mill town. He wants out and he wants to take Jamie with him.
There was no way out until Max found the crystalline Orb.
The Orb gifted Max with the ability to observe the future and he learned the future is not predetermined. Max discovered he could modify the present to redirect the future.
In subtle ways, Max started adjusting the present.
Altering the present, to create a new future, is not easy. The bigger the transformation in the present, the more pain Max received from the Orb.
Max decided to accept the consequence to protect Jamie from her devastating future.
It is true: Time heals all wounds. Max is taking a short-cut by changing the present to prevent wounds that have not yet occurred. What would you do if you found an object that gave you the ability to see the future