To the casual observer, the Earth of this dimension wouldn't appear that drastically different from our own world. Microsoft still has its monopoly on the computer industry. Apple is dominating the MP3 markets. Hollywood is still cranking out the movies. But all is not as it would appear. This is a world in the middle of its third world war. A war that, as of yet, hasn't resorted to nuclear attacks and mutually assured destruction.

Histories of our to dimensions diverge on March 30, 1981, when John Hinkley, Jr. successfully assassinated US President Ronald Reagan. The further complication happened almost 4 years later, in March of 1985, when the Politburo failed to elect Mikhail Gorbachev as leader of the USSR, after the death of Konstantin Chernenko. Instead of disolving in 1991, as our history books tell us, the USSR continued to grow in strength, retaining its territories in its firm iron grip.

With a still strong Soviet Union, events in the middle east beginning on August 2, 1990, turned out very differently. Iraq, under the leadership of Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait, but this time, he did so with the support of the Soviet Union. The US immediately sent troops over to Saudi Arabia, and on January 12, 1991, the US Congress authorized military force to force Iraq out of Kuwait. Unfortunately, with Iraq being backed by the Soviet Union, it proved to be a difficult challenge. This was soon seen as another Vietnam for the United States.

When Hong Kong was handed over to China at midnight, July 1, 1997, this began a new era for the Chinese government. With the British out of their lands, they immediately closed all borders to foreigners, an action which concerned many in the world. Those concerns were made real on November 8, 1997, when the Chinese military aided North Korea in an unprovoked attack on South Korea, ushering in a second Korean War.

The situation rapidly deteriorated as the US, still fighting the war in Iraq, issued a draft, and sent more troops over to aid their allies in South Korea.

If any date could signal the actual start of the third world war, that date would be September 11, 2001. It was the date that the Islamic terrorists brought the war from the middle east onto US soil by hijacking planes and crashing them into the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon, with a fourth plane being crashed by the passengers before reaching its intended target, which was believed to be Camp David.

Today, it is the height of the third world war. The Islamic Jihad, led by Saddam Hussein, has taken all of the middle east, including Israel and Jerusalem. All of North African countries along the Mediterranean are all members of the Arabic Jihad, threatening to expand further. Battlefronts for the Jihad rage in Greece and Italy, while terrorists take innocent lives within the heart of the allied western countries. Meanwhile, the Asian Communist armies in the far east have claimed almost all the Asian countries, including Japan, with their own battlefronts in the South Pacific including Australia and New Zealand. At the same time, the Soviet Union is pushing its way into Northern Europe, already claiming Norway and Switzerland, with battlefronts currently raging in Germany and England. On the Allied front, the US has seized Cuba, eliminating the communist threat from that location, while it battles on numerous fronts from Europe, to the South Pacific, to even within its own borders from constant terrorist attacks. Other Allied nations are caught in similar battle fronts across the world, or within their own borders.

It is in this climate of war and fear that the Crossovers find themselves thrust into. They would arrive in one of the deserts of California, a couple miles outside the city of Palm Springs, with the highway nearby to guide them into the city.