Michael Drake is a man with no past who finds himself in a bleak vision of the 23rd Century. He is being treated for psychiatric disorders and, like everyone else at this time, carries a device in his head, which records his life. The authorities use this device to control the population of the City, a sprawling metropolis crowded to bursting. Drake escapes the City with the help of the nurse treating him, Rosie, and together they search for the truth behind Drake's previous life, erased from his memory and life-recorder. This journey takes them to bizarre and dangerous places, making many friends and deadly enemies along the way. Drake discovers that this adventure is leading him to a fate that is greater than he could have ever imagined.