The Ruby chronicles the life of a hillbilly family in the Ozark wilderness of Missouri during the Great Depression, and their attempt to cope with mounting problems brought on by the mysterious arrival of a time-traveler from two-thousand years in the future who has become stranded. <br><br>The time-portation device has worn out and Dorian finds himself in an unfamiliar and primitive life. While searching for a replacement of the failed component&mdash;a ruby&mdash;he is taken in by the impoverished farm family and falls in love with one of the daughters. <br><br>Eventually he discovers a means to restore the ruby&#39;s power, and activates his device even at the cost of losing the woman he loves and the risk of being displaced to yet another unpredictable location.