Teenager Samantha Rhodes has wandered the desert since her war-torn childhood in bleakest solitude, until the day she discovers an animatronic genie in the sand capable of reversing her fortunes, and fulfilling her wildest wishes.
After a chance encounter with a starving stranger named Ryder begging for help from a distant village, Samantha and her genie Adam rediscover the outside oases in all their revenge-driven brutality. And from the curious way the lizards and birds watch her with glassy eyes, the way the stars in the sky grow exponentially in number during nights of tragedy, and the way captured raiders whisper of a blue goddess wandering in the darkness, Samantha finds herself drawn deeper into a superstitious world filled more with mystery than with terror. And within the wreckage of secret, ancient tunnels beneath the moonlit sands, Samantha discovers why the god of her oasis has given her a magical, weaponized genie.
Along with the frightening truth about the stars in their midnight skies.
Krista Daniels, the amoral producer of Samantha's ruined regions show, secretly produces a separate show with a scarred beauty named Eve Desislava and her robotic dragon-genie. Scorching the ruined regions in her wake, Eve unknowingly challenges The Colossus of Rhodes nightly for ratings.
Haunted by the fake ghosts of dead loved ones, Eve stops at nothing to avenge their restless, holographic spirits. Samantha strives to liberate afflicted villagers in the ruined regions, until the inevitable moment where Krista elects for her two creations to clash in an inferno of fire and wonder, for the entertainment of so many sadistic viewers in Krista's unruined society. In the chaos of Eve's misguided fury, Samantha rediscovers the true enemy of her world in so many glassy eyed lizards and stars above glowing with wonder.
And in that moment of epiphany, thousands of man-made stars may fall from their midnight skies, when Samantha reveals the reality of her world to the ones she loves.
Oblivious to his designs, reality TV starlet Samantha passes through a grandiose world she never dreamed could be so vast and wondrous. The faux goddess Krista Daniels has whisked Samantha and her love interest Ryder from the ruined regions, and brought them into a technologically advanced, unruined world to be paraded and marketed in front of millions of sadistic fans of their show. Within the societal embrace of endless static lenses staring their way with adoration, the shadow caring of a sick joke of a party thrown to celebrate Samantha's presence, and the way Krista smiles their way with such plastic warmth and affection.
Samantha falls under the false pretense that she and those she loves are safe.
Ryder's sisters remain trapped within the confines of the ruined regions with an injured genie.
And the man with the blood red eye soon comes to hijack Samantha's static iris, and reveal the bleeding truth in their society's twisted lies.