After the events of Number of the Beast, The Authority team is a shadow of its former self. The mighty truly have fallen as The Carrier has crashed into, and fused with, the city of London. Jenny Quantum and The Doctor are both missing. Apollo can no longer survive beneath the dark cloud that blankets most of Europe and Asia so he must exist high in the atmosphere where the sun still shines. Jack Hawksmoor is severely crippled having experienced the simultaneous destruction of all the world's cities. The Engineer has been striped of her powers thanks to the EM Pulse. Only Swift and Midnighter escaped major injury. Now they must regroup and try to help as many of the survivors as they can while trying to find a way to restore the world.