Jared Stevens, hired by the demon Kingdom, smuggles the artifacts of Fate to America. He is intercepted by Kent and Inza Nelson who render him unconscious and transport him and the artifacts to the Salem Tower.
It is here that Bloodstain and Thunderspawn, two of Kingdom's followers, attack the tower and kill Kent and Inza. While trying to escape with the artifacts, the Amulet of Nabu is crushed in Jared's hand causing a massive explosion that engulfs the tower.
Jared awakes, finding the monsters gone, and the tower destroyed. Using the cape of Nabu to wrap around his arm, he flees with the helmet to the home of his ex-wife, Holly.
Doctor Fate and Nabu appear only in flashback.
Kingdom appears only in a vision of the future.