It is set ten centuries after World War III, describing the struggle between utopian Thule (Greenland, after a climate change made it prosperous) and Baden (militaristic European nation)
This work provides examples of:
- After the End: The novel takes place after most of the world has been destroyed by Global Warming.
- Bold Explorer: The men who "discover" Greenland think of themselves as this.
- Cosy Catastrophe: The people who lived in cold areas of the world experienced a sudden increase in cosyness due to global warming.
- Crapsack World: Baden ... in addition to Gaia's Lament, it is a dictatorship.
- Culture Clash: The citizens of Thule and Baden when they meet.
- Dystopia: What we see of Baden.
- Gaia's Lament: Again, Baden, and most of the rest of the world.
- Global Warming: This is why Greenland is green
- Green Aesop: While Greenland prospers, places that were less cold to begin with have become barren wastelands.
- Medieval Stasis: Thule, in a sense. While society is very advanced in the social sense of the word, new technology is only introduced if it has been carefully tested and found to not harm the environment. This makes for very slow, if any, technological development.