The year was 2020 when the world caught fire. Right-wing nationalistic movements threatened to plunge the entire globe into the final great war. The beating of drums could be heard in most countries as authoritarian dictators strutted their stuff in a way not seen since Hitler.
Even in America, once a beacon of democracy, there was serious debate about whether we were witnessing the last gasp of free elections. By the start of 2020 fear and anger had poisoned all social interactions both in public and private. Relationships that had been treasured for decades were cast aside because hatred was just below the surface.