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half-life (n.): The time required for one unstable element to decay and transform into another. In Diablo Valley, California a complacent community struggles to adapt to a changing world where global chaos threatens to alter life as they know it. Meanwhile, a brother and sister grapple with being abandoned by their father and the powerful presence of their mother's new boyfriend. The siblings are forced to take control of the chaos around them and reinvent everyone's lives. Nineteen-year-old Pam Wu remembers her absent father with longing. She and 8-year ??????old Timothy live with their mother who buries the shame of her husband's desertion by succumbing to the lustful attention of a younger boyfriend, Wendell. Wendell's powerful presence threatens to tear apart the Wu family. With catastrophe imminent, lines are crossed, secrets long repressed begin to emerge, and all are left to face their own selfishness and intolerance... until Timothy discovers a way to alter everyone's reality.