William Lyon Mackenzie King (his dog Pat is nowhere to be seen) and an unknown friend boarding a train in Montreal. They are setting out in 1930 convinced that they will reach Elora in time for the 2013 Writer's Festival.
They have read all of Terry Fallis's books and have taken it upon themselves to seek out Mr. Fallis and solicit his advice on the matter of the Great Depression. In deference to the plight of the common man they have pledged to restrict their movements to second class compartments. Even the Dining Car is off-limits.
(Note that the Prime Minister's mysterious friend has a Festival brochure in his breast pocket — a detail which is puzzling to say the least, since the brochures has yet to be printed.)