In the year 2522 AGD (After the Great Destruction), the earth is sparsely populated, and the few remaining nation states wage war using primitive technologies. In the northeast corner of the large land mass known as Peasenland, a special child is born. His parents name him Clod.
Clod's mother dies before he reaches his second birthday, so he is raised by his father, Blod, a member of the elite governing class known as the Corps of Cloudegg, and a nursemaid named Wanda, who becomes his closest friend and confidante. After Blod is killed in an uprising supported by the avaricious Grubbers, Clod embarks on a pilgrimage to uncover the secrets surrounding his mother's mysterious origins.
His journey takes him through lands nurturing strange cultures, including the mysterious Biders, the sinister Silvenfolc and the primitive Scaffenhommers. He faces peril at every turn and engages in battles on both land and sea. Along the way, he encounters several captivating and powerful women, including one who may be able to help him to finally discover his family's secret past.