Matthew Roth begins in DMZ as a photography intern for the fictional Liberty News Network, a part of Viktor Ferguson's crew entering the DMZ for the first time to report the conditions the war torn United States. While landing in Manhattan, Matty is left stranded in the DMZ when the crew are attacked by local militia. In the chaos and confusion, Matty meets Zee who treats his wounds and acts as his somewhat unwilling guardian and guide in the DMZ. Being the only source of news coming out of the DMZ, Matty unintentionally becomes a national celebrity — an advantage and a curse. While spending time in the DMZ, Matty encounters the various dangers and oddities of war-torn Manhattan.