A proposed ballot initiative raises the issue of illegal gambling. Lou is forced to fire the paper's business reporter when he violates conflict-of-interest rules in an attempt to pay off his gambling debts. Mrs. Pynchon considers dropping sports lines and other features in the paper that provide information used in illegal betting.moreless
When the Tribune's sports department refuses to cover the UCLA football team's recruitment scandals, Lou steps in, but he meets unexpected resistance from a columnist whom he has long admired.
A stranger comes to a small town with radical ideas, frightening the townspeople when they discover that time is standing still as a result of their mistreatment of the stranger, a few try to gang up on the intruder only to find that time moves backward with each infringement of another man's rights. At length, they realize that the day is December 15, the 163rd anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. When they repent, time, once again, moves ahead.moreless