In 1966 in New York City, ten-year-old Nicholas “Chickenneck” Anderson disappears, leaving his aunt and his neighborhood in despair.
In the present day, IT specialist Bruce Spencer’s life unravels when he sees glimpses from the past through the eyes of Chickenneck. Wonder and curiosity—as well as isolation and despair—fill him every time he gets thrust into the past, experiencing the boy’s emotions. Terrified of what is happening to him during these episodes that he calls blockouts, Bruce’s sanity dangles on a precipice. He realizes that seeking justice may be the answer to stopping the block-outs, but his dread of being institutionalized is always with him. He struggles to hide what is occurring from everyone he knows.
Evelyn Ortiz is a native New Yorker born and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Fordham University, where she was a Spanish major with intentions of teaching high school, she discovered teaching was not for her and pursued employment within the federal court system.
He sat in his favorite recliner next to the window with the view of downtown Manhattan. Fear gripped him. His hands balled into fists, beads of sweat appearing on his forehead. Anxiety often possessed him. He looked at the clock and watched as a minute passed.
The clock ticked. He lost his hearing. He knew it was coming: a block-out. The view of the city faded before his eyes. He could no longer hear the noise of the traffic on the street. In its place, a big blue door slammed. The sound was deafening. He shut his eyes as he cringed with panic.
In what seemed like an instant, he opened his eyes to see the view of Manhattan once again.
He wiped his forehead and recalled the first time a block-out happened.