The world appears to be what everyone expects - on the surface. It is Earth, in the twenty-first century, but there really are things that 'go bump in the night'. Those 'in the know' call them Abnormals, and while most people are unaware of them, and there are a few organisations bent on destroying - or using - them. Fortunately, there are also Sanctuaries all over the globe where Abnormals can live in relative safety. Foremost among these is the Sanctuary of Doctor Helen Magnus and her team in Old City, near Vancouver, British Columbia.