After an implied global nuclear catastrophe Japan has been reduced to a desert and the surviving humans seek out a meager living in the hot sands. Desert Punk focuses on the adventures of a wandering mercenary named Kanta Mizuno, nicknamed Desert Punk (Sunabōzu), due to his seemingly incredible feats of skill and daring while on the job. Throughout the series, he acquires an apprentice and makes a few friends as well as enemies. "The Great Kanto Desert is a truly miserable place. It’s also the home of hero-for-hire Desert Punk, the closest thing to a good guy the sandy wasteland’s got. He’s never failed to complete a mission, and he’s known far and wide as the best man for any job."