For 1,000 years Earth has been ruled by the Psychlos. The human race has been all but wiped out. Small tribes of humans survive in the most barren places.
A member of one such tribe, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler begins to question the cautionary legends of the past and sets off for the low lands in search of the truth and a better life for his people.
But Jonnie is captured by the Psychlos and becomes part of a personal ‘get rich plan’ by Terl the head of security. He must mine gold in an area inaccessible to the Psychlos, after which Terl will smuggle it back to the Psychlo home world.
Jonnie must turn the situation to his advantage by learning as much as he can about these callous creatures in order to find a way to defeat them.