When recent high school graduate Jason Rusch gets into a fight, he gets a black eye, thus preventing him from being able to work at his waitstaff job. Desparate to save money for college, Jason takes a job as a runner for a bookie. Driving to a pick-up point, Jason is bombarded by a strange energy cloud. Arriving at the pick-up point, Jason witnesses a shootout. Terrified, he suddenly transforms into Firestorm, the Nuclear Man!