Chaos erupts at the Central City Peace Park when an armed assailant begins attacking the area near the zoo. A weird assortment of characters arrive: a tin can with a pretentious loudspeaker voice, a semi-opaque humanoid wearing a poncho, a butler and his young charge, a car mechanic, and a Bengal tiger. The parties manage to subdue the assailant, and various parties are apprehended and questioned by agents of DEIMOS.
Eventually these loosely-allied parties assembled at Starkwell Manor, where John Doe proposes they form a ‘book club’. (Almost) all parties agree to this, although what this actually involves remains a mystery.