An unknown confrontation between a U.S. Navy ship and a Chinese sub lead to total destruction and lose of life on both vessels and heightened tensions between the countries. Parker must somehow convince two head strong Naval officers to do otherwise.
Parker Backsteps to save the life of a Preist assassinated by a drug cartel and while mid Backstep he cuts through an airliner and momentarily picks up a passenger blown into the sphere. Now they must try to find out the flight before it's too late.
Bradley takes his first vacation in a decade and in doing so, is kidnapped. During questioning he takes a suicide pill, which ultimately leads to a Backstep. Trying to juggle two deaths, Frank experiences what he calls "time burps", where time just seems to go back by itself, and he uses these to repeat events again and again in order to get the desired outcome.
On the first day of operations for the Global Space Station, an accident leads to it's destruction and the scattering of Plutonium across the United States. Frank Backsteps to fix the events with, but things go wrong.
After the adopted son of Fidel Castro, a renounced boxer, is assassinated during a boxing match in America, the communist leader retaliated by launching secret nuclear missiles at Miami, triggering a Backstep.
When Ramsey's mentally unbalanced brother commits an act of terrorism and he used Ramsey's access to classified information to do it. Ramsey's relieved of duty. Frank goes back to stop him but instead of telling them what happened, he only tells Ramsey so that they can stop his brother and save Ramsey's career.
Frank backsteps to prevent the assassination of the Pope. But something goes wrong and Frank finds himself in the Pope's persona. So he tries to get word to Neverland but the Pope's Entourage stymies him. He then uses his authority as Pope to send for Olga.
A friend of Olga's, who's a scientist, calls to tell her she discovered a cure for cancer. Shortly after she dies in an accident. Frank is sent back to save her and he does. Later someone tries to kill her. Frank catches the man who reveals he's a chrononaut from the future. It seems the woman's cure a few years after it was released would mutate into a plague that killed most of the world. The man claims that another vessel was discovered and they used the fuel source to send him back to stop her. But he says because she is so paranoid, they can't reason with her so ...
Someone who calls herself Deloris calls Neverland and knows about Backstep and is making threats, which they don't take seriously. But she then gets a sample of Frank's voice and makes a phone call which makes them think Frank has gone mad. But when they learn it was Deloris, the send Frank back to deal with her. And when he arrives, Deloris wants to play games with him. So he carries it out while they try to find out who Deloris is.