In Episode One, 12-year-old Matthew Roving landed over 200 years in the past, thanks to a knock on the head and the influence of an old ship's logbook. The year is 1772 and America is stirring to the drum-beat of revolution. Though comforted by the company of his sister, Abby, Matthew is alarmed to discover that she, like everybody else in Newport, assumes that their father was lost at sea a year ago. Matthew worries that his father's life must somehow be in danger back in the modern world—but right now he has his hands full coping with life in the Colonial era.
It is possible to nap in the bow of an open boat, and even sleep through the cold slap of spray from the occasional wave, Matthew Roving had discovered. But it is next to impossible to dream about candy without waking up starving, hands patting pockets for the stash that ought to be there.
Matthew conducted his search with eyes shut. Only when his numb fingers felt a promising bulge did he allow himself a peek—hoping to find himself back in an Optimist Pram in the most boring sailing school ever to set forth on Narragansett Bay.