Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes, and Torchwood is ready.
Or are they? The twenty-first century is when everything changes, but not in the way Captain Jack Harkness thinks.
The Cardiff rift: a fissure in space and time that allows all manner of extraterrestrial and extratemporal artifacts and lifeforms to find their way to Earth. Unpredictable and elusive, it’s a gateway for alien creatures, alien weapons, all manner of alien technology and time anomalies to enter this world, bringing the flotsam and jetsam of the universe to Cardiff since the dawn of time.
The rift, the centre of Torchwood Three, has become more active than ever, far more active than anyone is prepared for. People are appearing every day. Out of their time and out of the reality. People from the past and future? Torchwood’s dealt with that before. But people from other dimensions? Other realities? Worlds where magic is real (and we’re not talking about Carrionites), and vampires and demons are as common as aliens are in this one? Worlds where human beings are capable of extraordinary things, beyond what we can imagine? That’s something different entirely.
And nobody knows how to put them back. The best they can do is help the new arrivals settle into this world. Some will choose to work with Torchwood. Others will try to rebuild their lives as best as possible. No matter what they choose, Torchwood is keeping an eye on them. They've even created an interconnected message board to keep tabs on the arrivals. Because along with the people, bits and pieces of their worlds have come through as well. The walls of universes are bleeding together, and Torchwood is most certainly not ready.