Capt. Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) was a B-25 pilot who must escape his suffering seeing his girlfriend Helen (Isabel Glasser) falling into a coma after a vehicular accident. The year was 1939 and McCormick approached his scientist friend Harry Finley (George Wendt) who earlier showed him the prototype of a cryo unit for storage he designed for the military so that he could be placed on “storage” for a year just to escape the suffering of seeing Helen die from coma. An incident happened and the cryo container containing McCormick was forgotten until it was accidentally opened by two kids playing in a military warehouse. McCormick was awakened in 1992 on a strange world which evolved without him for 52 years.