David Matheson, distinguished Professor of Archaeology - and Department Head - at the University of Yale, was loved by many and known only to a few. On Friday, April the 9th, 1920, after having not been seen for four days, New Haven police were forced to declare the professor dead, following their discovery of his severed hand in his home by the sea near the city. The rest of the professor's body was never found.
Also in the deceased's house was found a document, and a sealed envelope containing the bachelor's will. The document named five people as his executors, and requested that these five souls be brought immediately to New Haven to execute the will and perform one other task detailed therein. When the five executors arrive in New Haven, Connecticut, they find more there than they ever had bargained for: knowledge beyond all knowing, sights beyond all seeing, things beyond all doing, and horrors beyond all imagining, for theirs shall be a journey to the edge of reason, the edge of sanity, and the edge of time.