In this inventive world, an alternate U.S.A. is in a post-apocalyptic state fifteen years after a major supernatural war between two groups of powerful MetaHumans (aka Metas). Each Meta is born with some combination of psychic skills, shape-shifting abilities, superior strength, and/or other magical skills.
As Trance opens, Teresa West (aka Trance) is fired from one of her three menial jobs in Portland, Oregon. Trance got her nickname when she was a young Ranger with the power to glamour (or trance) people into doing her will. Now, she sits in her shabby apartment wondering where she is going to get the rent money this month when she suddenly has a painful, dizzying episode and wakes to find that her skin has turned violet, her hair has violet streaks, and her eyes are blazing violet. In addition to her colorful body, she has a whole new set of powers, and they are not the same ones she had 15 years ago—they're much much more powerful. For example, she can create fiery orbs of energy and lob them as weapons, and she can create an energy shield to protect herself from physical harm.
Renee Duvall (aka Flex): She is super-flexible, able to bend her limbs into any shape and stretch her body out to great lengths. She has blue skin and eyes.
Marco Mendoza (aka Onyx): He is a shifter who can take the form of various animals (e.g., bird, cat, panther). He has black and brown mottled skin.
William Hill (aka Caliber): He has super strength and a huge, muscular body—a strongman.
Ethan Swift (aka Tempest): He can control the weather (e.g., create tornadoes and high winds) by manipulating the air.