There is more than one history of the world. Before science defined the modern age, other powers, wondrous and magical, once governed the universe. Historian Pierce Moffett moves to the New England countryside to write a book about Aegypt, driven by an idea he dare not believe: that the physical laws of the universe once changed and may change again. Yet the notion is not his alone. Something waits at the locked estate of Fellowes Kraft, something for which Pierce and those near him have long sought without knowing it: a key, perhaps, to Aegypt.