Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machineâ€”called a Chronocarâ€”which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the Chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.
A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a Chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate. Unfortunately, time is not on his side. Dr. Johnson is living in Chicagoâ€™s Black Belt with his beautiful daughterâ€”and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the cityâ€™s history. Can Tony use the Chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?