The book following the storyline of the film very closely, but also further outlines Clark Kent's journey's towards becoming the hero known as Superman.
As the planet of Krypton crumbles, General Zod stages a coup as concerned leader Jor-El and his wife Lara send their infant son Kal to a distant planet called Earth. While the young child travels through space with an object containing the DNA of his home planet, General Zod and his cohorts are sentenced to the Phantom Zone, a black-hole prison. Named Clark and raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Kal-El lives in fear of what might happen should his neighbors learn about his extraterrestrial origins, eventually exploring the world in search of himself.
In time, Clark's travels take him to a frozen tundra, where the American government has discovered an 18,000-year-old anomaly buried deep in the ice. Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane has just come to investigate when, after venturing out with her camera, she has a profound encounter with Clark. Convinced that his presence on Earth is proof of life on other planets, Lois finds her attempt to publish the story thwarted by her boss Perry White, who rejects it outright.
Later, the airwaves of Earth are hijacked by General Zod, who threatens to obliterate the human race if they fail to hand over Kal-El within 24 hours. Forced to embrace his otherworldly origins for the first time in his life, Clark Kent dons the special suit from Krypton and prepares to take a stand against an enemy far more powerful than any he or humanity have ever known.