Bartley Snodgrass arrives in Aurora, Oklahoma, to marry his girlfriend of many years, Penelope Winslow, and instead finds that the community has been entirely abandoned. In a blind panic, he attempts to drive to the neighboring community of Harrison for assistance, only to be arrested for speeding. The sheriff’s deputy repeatedly tells Bartley that there is no town in Oklahoma named Aurora.
Bartley and his best friend, Dexter Prescott, journey back to the community of Aurora, only to find that the roads and buildings are now gone – as if the community had never existed.
As the two best friends desperately search for Penelope and her family, Bartley dreams of rapturous events and vicious-looking werewolves. They are soon taken hostage by an underground investigative organization, and become privy to the knowledge that for whatever reason, communities and their citizens are disappearing all across the nation and around the world.