In the middle of the 21st Century, when international competition for dwindling water and power resources have led the world to the brink of war, a mad Russian physicist attempts to impose his own peace on the belligerent nations, and sets off a device meant to disarm all the radioactive material on Earth. It was supposed to work all at once, no more nuclear devices, peace for all time.
But it DIDN'T work that way, and instead it plunges most of the planet into a permanent and mysterious blackout. A new, electricity-free Dark Age, from which there seems to be no escape. All except for one long stretch of North America--a hundred miles wide and three thousand miles long--through Alaska, across Canada, and down to Detroit through New York City--the power is still working and the light are still on. And the Red Rogue's device that set all this in motion, seems to have given the locals super-powers.