The time is 1999 and the place is a New York City which has evolved with the benefit of science heroes. Anti-grav cars prowl the streets and flying vehicles patrol the skies with searchlights. The skyline is filled with garish neon signs advertising the latest and greatest consumer products. It is a time of technology and capitalist reasoning. Sophie Bangs is a college student struggling to dig up material for her research paper based on a fictional character called Promethea. Her best friend Stacia mocks her relentlessly for choosing such an obscure subject before skipping off to a rock concert.