In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wheat and canola, is the small town of Hillview.

It has a gas station. It has a grocery store. It has a swimming pool and a curling rink. It doesn't have a mall, or a movie theatre, or a Turbo Taco, but it's got a privately-funded particle energy physics lab that employs half the town, the world's largest partially operational 5-cycle atom smasher, and the thinnest space-time fabric on the planet, thin enough for a growing culture of bored teenagers to figure out how to burn through into the vibrant planescape of exotic and dangerous worlds just beyond.

Oh and it might be getting a BigSub next year. 

"Why's it called Hillview? It's not even on a hill."
"No, it's because you can SEE
a hill from here."