As mentioned previously, Byrne relocates Diana from Boston to the fictional Gateway City (effectively San Francisco). He also discarded her established supporting cast of Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis and instead replaced them with almost carbon copies in the form of mother and daughter Helena and Cassie Sandsmark, although he had plans for Cassie to become the new “Wonder Girl” down the road. He also introduced a potential new love interest in the form of police officer Mike Schorr, who seemed to again mirror the Perez character Inspector Indelicato.
The story opens up with Wonder Woman being tortured to provide information to Darkseid. She says that Darkseid is wasting his time. Diana grabs the first chance to set herself free and attacks Darkseid’s shock troops. She tells Darkseid that he will not find what he seeks but he laughs sarcastically and manages to escape.
Wonder Woman then frees Mike Schorr, telling him that she does not like how Darkseid’s had laughed as if he knew something she did not. Her suspicions are confirmed soon enough, when she finds that they are on Apokolips, Darkseid’s home world.
Wonder Woman faints and is carried by Mike. When she comes around, she finds herself facing Metron, a God of New Genesis. Metron tells her that Darkseid wants to find out the location of the other Gods to seize their power. Wonder Woman seems unconvinced, but is disillusioned and horrified, when Metron shows her a glimpse of her home, which has been destroyed by Darkseid, and lies in flaming ruins.