A young woman slowly wanders through the wilderness, eventually coming upon a city that she does not recognize. In her hand she holds a long, slightly curved shard of serrated metal, the last remaining piece of a machine that she devoted years to building, and on her back she wears a frayed labcoat one size too large. She has but a moment to take in the sight of the place she's discovered before the entire thing seems to explode outwards, shredded by a clash between two mysterious figures at its center. Narrowly rescued by the timely arrival of a very odd duo, she soon realizes that the world she knows is long gone, and her new life promises to be a bizarre one.
The story takes place in a setting called the Four Galaxies.