When an earth exploration vessel explodes, a captain takes an escape pod with a handful of the crew. The pod goes off course and crashes on a desolate and uncharted planet. After an initial cataclysmic clash with locals, the captain is the only survivor. He encounters an ancient alien society that has forgotten their history and relies on strict laws to protect marginal natural resources. Those laws doom his shipmates but lead him on an ironic path towards integration within their society. Although they regard their world as utopian, he struggles to accept the sterility and stagnation of their everyday life. While he is welcomed into their world, not everyone is happy he is there. Something is not right, and his arrival begins a change of events that threatens the entire society. While he searches for a way to escape the planet, he also finds reasons to stay.