You are unstuck in time. Your entire past, present, and future are set out before you like objects in a museum, occupying the same space at the same time forever. Whatever you do, remain calm, and you'll get through this. Billy Pilgrim - army veteran, former POW, optometrist, and former zoo attraction on an alien planet - knows that life well. Pilgrim joins World War 2 as a chaplain's assistant. He carries no weapons but is taken prisoner by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Pilgrim is taken to Dresden, Germany and forced to pull bodies from the rubble after the allied bombing of the city. Billy is whisked around moments of his life. These moments are mostly humdrum, except for the time he spent on the alien planet Tralfamadore as a zoo exhibit. Pilgrim's journey through his life mirrors our journey through the novel. He is helpless against his time jumps and we are helpless to the jumps in narrative. So it goes. The novel is funny, sad, and ultimately profound and rewarding. Vonnegut's use of the "unstuck" plot device reconceptualizes our understanding of war and what comes after in an entirely new way.
Billy Pilgrim survives capture by the Gemans in World War II, the Dresden bombings, and the struggle for financial success only to be kidnapped in a flying saucer and taken to the planet Tralfamadore