Everyone is dead. Almost. Ancient, shrunken and constantly bickering twin brothers Cy and Ed perpetuate their existence through blood transfusions and organ transplants. As young men, their greed was so insatiable and their capacity for brutality so great, they destroyed an entire civilization. They left nothing behind but the people who care for them: the Doctor, a Nurse, their wives. They still control the universe, or what is left of it, until their long-dead children reappear for revenge... or is it to offer redemption?
Cy and Ed are the darkly comic, modern counterparts of Atreus and Thyestes, two brothers who fought each other tooth and nail for the throne of Olympia. In the original story, their acts of treachery escalate, creating a mind-boggling and unending cycle of betrayal. In one infamous moment, Atreus kills Thyestes' sons and serves them to Thyestes for dinner.