Eighteen-year-old Chase Wilson meets a stranger who has amnesia. He names the stranger Dan, and he directs the stranger to visit the Joneses. Dan later meets Anthony. From his dreams he discovers that he must be an experiment. His late meet with Dr. Wadsworth heightens his struggle with the discovery of his identity, which has a consequence from the people who remember him as James.
At eighteen years of age Benjamin is about to graduate from high school when he decides to embark cross-country in a van in 2003. Benjamin journeys into the South, Midwest, and all of the way west to California.