Three outrageously funny stories are carefully interwoven around the narrator, Irving and his flaky, but impressively brilliant friend Wilson Wu. Irving is cast into 3 separate misadventures all the while being guided (or lead astray) by Wu. Initially, Irving hunts for brake parts in Brooklyn, for his Volvo only to stumble upon an interplanetary illegal dumping ground from used tires and a city seemingly full of guys named Vinnie. He returns with Volvo enthusiast Wu who discovers a fold in the time-space continuum whereby he devises the difficult recovery of a lunar rover.
Irving, now moved to Huntsville, Alabama, the home of his bride-to-be Candy, observes curious behavior exhibited by a discarded beaded auto seat cushion as well as his racist, senile, and dangerous father-in-law, Whipper Will. With the help of Wu and a two-by-four board he manages to temporarily stop the collapse of the universe; that has been the cause for random objects in time to reverse their decay, all while casually studying for the Alabama bar exam and ordering double bags of chips with his lunch order.
Finally, Irving and Candy return to his boyhood home in Brooklyn for a pre-wedding honeymoon at the home of his aunt. Strangely, all means of conveyance are running on time. Wu, contacting Irving by any electronic means imaginable from the rain forests of South America, formulates a theory of spare time being drained off to create a new universe. The culprit is a former Nobel Prize winner in Real Estate (since discontinued) abetted by Irving's childhood friend and former neighbor. Surreal and offbeat, Bisson's silly tales of science and technology gone haywire involving Irving and Wu end much too soon.
This report prepared by David Fletcher