"Quitting time at the plant. Time for supper now. Time for families. Time for a cool drink on a porch. Time for the quiet rustle of leaf-laden trees that screen out the moon. And underneath it all, behind the eyes of the men, hanging invisible over the summer night, is a horror without words. For this is the stillness before storm. This is the eve of the end."
Scientist William Sturka, and test pilot Jerry Riden, certain that an all-out nuclear war is imminent, plot to steal an experimantal spaceship and escape with their families to another planet. They overpower a government man, Carling, and escape. In space they wonder what their new home will be like. From radio broadcasts they know it is inhabited by people like themselves, and it is called Earth."Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning... in the Twilight Zone."