Tor, Oct 2004, 23.95, 272 pp.
Crosstime Agent Lawrence Gomes warns his son Paul, who recently graduated from high school, that this alternate earth they are entering is dangerous. The key pivotal point difference occurs when the Kaiser wins World War I and ultimately in 1956 defeated the Americans. Now almost two centuries later, Germany still rules this world with advanced technology, and if they learn about Crosstime trafficking, they will have the skill to steal the idea and use it to conquer other earths.
In that environment, the Gomes open up Curious Notions, a shop to sell electronic equipment in San Francisco but their real purpose is to get raw materials for their timeline. However, the state-of-the-art merchandise that is common back home comes to the attention of the German Occupation Police Inspector Weidenreich. He demands Paul reveal who supplies them with such advanced devices; Paul mentions a local Cheese merchant who obtains the goods from China. Chinese triad gangs are curious about the shop too. As Paul befriends Lucy Woo, the authorities, the triads, and the Gomes play a game of cat and mouse.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner