One warm summer night in Toronto, a new star appeared in the sky. It grew brighter and brighter until it washed out all the other stars, and then the moon, and then for a brief moment it was brighter than the noon sun. All this happened in a matter of seconds. The Event, as it was to be named in the coming days, occurred over southern Ontario and the northern edges of New York State.
Following that flash in the sky, thousands of people fell into unconsciousness. Some woke minutes later. Some were rushed to rapidly filling hospitals and public buildings. It took some hours to wake, some days, and others it took weeks. And when these people woke up, they were different.