After an accident leaves her with retrograde amnesia, Helena can't put her finger on what seems strange about her husband. Afraid of losing her again, Joachim does all he can to keep her from finding out about their troubled past. As Helena puts the pieces together, she's torn between confronting him about his deception and keeping her own secrets. Retrograde takes a close look at the barriers we put up between ourselves and the people we love, the lies we need to believe in, and the things we can never forget.
Set against the colorful yet sometimes cold backdrop of Manhattan, the stories in this collection are peopled with a very particular breed of heroes, not quite sure what they're fighting for. They are characters in progress, people still getting to who they are.