by Ayn Rand
Dagny Taggart Timeline and Summary
- Dagny hears Richard Halley's mysterious Fifth Concerto on a train.
- She struggles to get Taggart Transcontinental's Rio Norte Line running.
- She goes on a quest to save the state of Colorado after their main railroad is shut down.
- She confronts her ex-lover Francisco d'Anconia over his recent bad behavior.
- She attends Hank Rearden's anniversary party. It's very awkward.
- She causes a minor scene when she demands that Hank's wife trade bracelets with her. (Hank's wife has a bracelet made from Rearden Metal.)
- Hank Rearden helps Dagny with the Rio Norte Line.
- She asks Francisco for a loan and he refuses. They have a painful confrontation.
- She forms the John Galt Line in order to make the work go faster. She takes a temporary leave of absence from Taggart Transcontinental.
- The John Galt Line opens and it's a huge success.
- She begins an affair with Hank Rearden.
- On vacation with Hank, she discovers a mysterious motor in an abandoned factory.
- She and Hank team up to search for the motor's inventor.
- She is horrified when laws pass that doom Colorado's industries.
- Her friend Ellis Wyatt disappears, and others soon follow.
- Dagny is convinced that a "destroyer" is causing these disappearances.
- After the restrictive Directive 10-289 passes, she quits her job.
- She goes to a cabin to think.
- Francisco comes to see her and reveals he's somehow involved with the "destroyer."
- She learns of a huge disaster at the railroad and returns to work.
- She has a confrontation with Hank and Francisco over her past relationship with Francisco.
- She goes after Quentin Daniels to prevent him from disappearing.
- After her train is delayed, she takes a plane to find Quentin.
- She chases after the destroyer and Quentin in her plane.
- She crashes in "Atlantis" and learns the truth about John Galt and the strike.
- She falls in love with Galt.
- She decides to return to the real world to keep fighting.
- After her return, she's blackmailed into giving a radio speech and admits her affair with Hank on the air.
- She and Hank break up but remain friends.
- She finds John Galt in New York and the two begin a romantic relationship.
- Dagny goes to see John after his radio address, worried for his safety
- When John is arrested, she goes undercover with the looters.
- She teams up with Hank, Francisco, and Ragnar to rescue John from torture.
- She escapes with all of them back to Atlantis.