The game tells the story of Abby, a circus puppet who spends her entire day entertaining people, and then her entire night locked in a cage until the next day's show. One night she decides she's had enough of the same old life and decides to escape from the circus. Little does she know she winds up in the real world which is a very large and dangerous place. She winds up in a world of war that has created ravaged cities and starving citizens, and along her journey to freedom she is also being followed by her puppet master Jack, who is always ready to pull her back by her strings.
Abby, being a puppet, can also make use of those very same strings. Getting the strings pulled by parts of the world can bring her to higher levels and can also be used to trap and snare other characters. Abby's strung-up lifestyle becomes the key to solving puzzles and helping the citizens of the world on her own journey to freedom.