Ione, Nevada was a boomtown, springing up around a silver mining trade in 1863. By 1864, it was the county seat, with more than a hundred buildings and six hundred residents. But other cities grew nearby, while the silver mines dried up. Aside from a brief resurgence due to nearby mercury mines, the town has been in a steady decline for the last century. Today, Ione is basically a ghost town, populated with ruins proclaiming the glory days of the distant past.
At least, that's what Superman expected when he planned his trip through the city. What he found instead was a bustling town straight out of the old west. If not for the evidence of modern orthodontia and medicine among the citizens and the strange circuitry woven seamlessly into everyone's headgear, the Man of Steel might have thought he'd been sent back in time. But the unmistakable clues instead lead him to the office of Mayor Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter! Unfortunately for Superman and the oblivious townsfolk, victory won't come easily--any attempt to disable the circuitry or break the 19th century illusion or attack the Hatter himself would trigger a deadman's switch, terminating every last resident. If Superman hopes to save the innocent townsfolk, then he's going to have to play along with the Mad Hatter's twisted pageant. And so a stranger checks into the Ione Inn, with a mind set on bringing a new law to the town!