The story begins by introducing the audience to Jake Epping, a High School English teacher. Jake talks about his life changing as he read an essay from one of his adult students. The essay causes Jake to feel sadness for the student and sets up a lunch meeting for the teacher and pupil at Al's Diner. Later, Jake returns to the scene of the lunch where he is exposed to a hole in time. Al explains the "rabbit hole" and urges Jake to enter. Entering the portal causes Jake to travel in time back to 1958.
When Jake returns, it has only been two minutes in real time. Al explains that the real reason for showing Jake the portal was so that he could stop the assassination of JFK and change history. Reluctantly, Jake accepts and once again enters the portal.
This story is different from what King is known for, however, I was drawn in from the first chapter. My favorite aspect so far is the tie in that Stephen King made with "IT". Well played, Mr. King, well played.