A retired machinist, Arthur, wanting to write about the gold mines and the now ghost towns of Northern Nevada, will find an adventure beyond imagination. He will meet the waitress Maggie at a coffee shop in Battle Mountain located in mid-Northern Nevada. She will introduce Arthur to a man who lives in Spirit Valley south of town. Mr. Greyson will soon, after a cordial meeting with Arthur, send to his address in Reno a box with a letter inside. The box contains an old twenty-four-channel CB radio. The letter from Mr. Greyson tells Arthur that the stories he told him of meeting the people at the mines and towns during the years 18801905 did happen, for he was there!
He can, with the CB radio in Spirit Valley, go back in time meeting the people who lived and worked in the gold and silver mines and towns. The twenty-four-channel radio will allow one to go through the small door in the woodshed back to the years in the past to twenty-four different locations and pastimes in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
Giving the property to Maggie, a future love interest develops between Arthur and Maggie. This romance from the future and in the valley will transcend back and forth into the past. A ferryboat journey up the Colorado River in the year 1890 has many events almost ending into a life or death situation.
Maggie and Arthur will meet Mr. Greyson, who has relocated back in time to Jarbidge, a mining town in Northern Nevada. Arthur will visit gold mines and will witness the extreme hardships and dangers to the workers using the stone crushers and inside the mine shafts deep in the mountains.
During a time-travel visit to Searchlight, a town along the Colorado River, Maggie and Arthur are pushed into a life or death situation. Two men from the future find a way to venture back to the same location through the door in Spirit Valley. These men are hunters and a threat to the survival of the people in the old time period due to the modern weapons and unknown consequences. Arthur makes a life or death decision on what he must do. This decision puts a tremendous mental strain on his relationship with Maggie.
Spirit Valley, over the many years, is a sacred valley where the past and present Indian spirits live. Joe White Feather, a spirit man of the local Shoshone Indians, becomes close friends with Maggie and Arthur, who eventually settle in the valley. As a spirit man, he is a strong force in the lives and events that Arthur and Maggie have to endure now in the future and the past.