Setting: This book has three settings altogether. For the first story of this book, there are two settings. The first setting takes place in the middle of the ocean in 1766, where a sailor boy and his brother are at sea battling against a storm. The second setting comes up later in the story, where they make it back to London in 1766. The third setting takes place in the second story of this book. It takes place in London in 1990, where a boy named Joseph meets his Uncle Albert whom he has never met before. The mood of this story is both mysterious and suspenseful because the first portion of the book, the story of the sailor boy and his brother, is entirely illustrated, whereas Joseph's story is written out in words. The first story does not an ending because there wasn't a plot in the beginning. The brothers get shipwrecked on an island and get rescued. Having not finished the book at this point, but knowing the style of this author, Brian Selznick, I can guess that the two stories, the brothers and Joseph, will somehow be connected in the end. Using the information I already know, the brothers could be Joseph's ancestors!
The main part of this story takes place in 1990. Although there was a limited amount of big events that happened that year, one case is when Nasa deployed the Hubble Space Telescope on April 25th. The telescope is located 332 nautical miles, which is about 382.059 miles. This was a major event because not only did Nasa have another successful mission into space, they also engineered something that could overlook Earth from space to help study geography and weather of our planet.