Humans desperate to escape life's cycle hunt the Phoenix, who's blood brings immortality. Inugami is a man cursed with the head of a wolf, in love with a guardian spirit named Morimo. He is caught up in a struggle between the local people and Buddhist priest Hoben, who is manipulating the government. Twisted by the desires of mankind, the gods erupt into a literal full-scale war between the Buddhist saints and the people's sprits of rain and earth. In the far future, mankind lives below the ground in giant computer-controlled cities that are constantly on the brink of nuclear armageddon. Yamanobe escapes from his city to carry on his illegal love affair with the alien Tamami.