In a time of hardship, a man travels the world to collect and preserve all of the elements from the periodic table. When a young girl stumbles upon them left behind in a trunk, she discovers a new world forming inside.
The Collector’s Gift is about two characters that together, with the elements of the periodic table, form a new world. The story takes place in a city that is in economic and environmental decline. A young girl alone in the world is seen on the dangerous empty streets. As the night falls, she enters a boarded up storefront. Frightened, she makes her way up to the roof of the building where she finds an old abandoned house. Once inside the girl discovers a trunk filled with little jars, each holding one element from the periodic table. She explores the trunk and the room, full of maps, charts, and scientific instruments, piecing together the origins of each element and imagining the man who brought all the elements together to preserve. As she falls asleep, safe from the streets, she, the collector and the trunk float through the stars together in her dreams. The crumbling house shakes her awake and in her dream the elements all smash together. When the dust settles she opens the trunk to find a new world forming within.