In the aftermath of a deadly bombing, fugitive lovers Pencil and Nickel are suddenly separated and left to their own devices in an increasingly hostile new world. Embarking on a desperate search for his lost companion, Pencil encounters a sculptor and her garden of earthly delights, while Nickel finds herself in an institution where the injured and insane aren't easily differentiated.
Having escaped the oppressive confines of their prison, Uncle Pencil and Nickel Pepper venture out into a world that proves to be as cold and cruel as their old home. Navigating a harrowing landscape of gutted, skeletal factories, the bloated carcasses of cruise ships, and hostile beer-swilling rednecks, the pair continues the search for the legendary Aluminum Tower.
In a world of rigidly enforced aesthetic fascism, two outcasts-a psychologically tormented man and his limbless mate-plan an ambitious jailbreak from their state-run institution home. Thus begins their journey across a Fellini-esque landscape of abandoned power plants, marauding gangs, bizarre inhabitants, and ghostly apparitions as the lovers search for The Tabernacle, a legendary sanctuary where misfits like themselves are said to live in freedom and fulfillment.