Fifty years after a nuclear holocaust, mankind is decimated and the surviving nations - the western-influenced Market and the Russian-influenced Confederation - have agreed to outlaw traditional open war. In their place, disputes are settled with gladiator-style matches between Mecha operated by pilots called "robot jockey" who are contracted to fight ten matches. The Confederation champion is Alexander (Paul Koslo), who has killed his last nine opponents thanks in part to a spy in the Market leaking information to the Confederation. The Market's champion, Achilles (Gary Graham) has won nine fights and will fight his final match against Alexander for the territory of Alaska. Achilles is supported by robot designer "Doc" Matsumoto (Danny Kamekona) and strategist Tex Conway (Michael Alldredge), the only jox to win all ten of his contract fights.