In Strange Town the trees grow upside down, cars have five wheels, and everyone has some type of "strangeness" that affects them. This would all be wonderful, were it not for Charlotte's... More > strangeness causing her to be killed in a grisly manner every time she begins to fall in love.
Lighting could strike her dead on a bright sunny day. A lawn-mowing blade might come loose and decapitate her. Or a wild lion could burst out of the bushes randomly and voraciously consume her. But this only happens when she falls in love, which, for Elliot, is a big problem.
The first thing you must know about Elliot is that he is completely (and secretly) in love with his best friend, Charlotte. The second thing is that he is a genius, and to circumnavigate Charlotte's strangeness, he decides to build a time machine to allow her to love without the disastrous consequences... and hopefully, he hopes, to allow her to love him.< Less