New York, summer 1939. Almost minutes from the outbreak of the Second World War. But nobody knows this, particularly not in America. Nor do they wish to. Europe is a far-off, confusing and tiresome place. America has been preoccupied with something entirely different these last few months; people are concerned with an Alien attack. It is the year that the radio is broadcasting Orson Welles' famous radio play "The War of the Worlds" which reproduces an on-location report of an alien attack, sending waves of panic all over America. A small Hungarian village, autumn 2004. We do not know under what name future history will recall this period. People watch the evening news, but it is not this that arrests their attention. Older people watch shows on TV and young people play computer games.