The year is 2170, 102 years after World War 4. Mike Edinger, 21, has known the wasteland his whole life. Living off trading with travelers and hunting for food, life has been bearable. One night, however, a large group of raiders attack his home, killing everyone except for Mike who manages to escape. Alone, forgotten,he sets out for a quest for survival. His only known skill is how to hunt, and all he has is a knife and a pistol. Richard Callaghan, the son of an ex-Colonel of the U.S army, finds himself in deep trouble when what seems to be a new U.S government tries to track him down in order to keep his father's secrets safe. He meets Mike and they venture forth, as Mike gains invaluable information about the Fourth World War and what really goes on at Snake Island, a small island in the vicinity of Boston.