Middle-aged American Paul Graham has suffered from a recurring bad dream since childhood, especially during times of crisis. The dream is an all-too-realistic portrayal of a hellish world, unfamiliar to Paulâ€™s normally gentle waking life. It is always experienced in either one or two unchanging segments where Paul is the central character, speaking a foreign language that he canâ€™t remember when he awakens! Even worse, a third episode develops after the untimely passing of his devoted spouseâ€”different, but just as unsettling as the other two. Paul seeks professional assistance with the brilliant and eccentric Dr. Jeremiah Root, and at first makes great progress in sessions involving deep hypnosis. Events, however, and the doctor in particular, may not be at all as they appear on the surface! Ultimately, this story is a comparison of reality, illusion, and spirituality, with plot twists throughout and a remarkable and unexpected conclusion!