Shadow Moon is serving three years in prison when he gets an unexpected early release (for reasons we won’t get into here). Shadow soon finds himself in the orbit of Mr. Wednesday, a charming con man who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. A normal enough job for an ex-con, until he finds out that Wednesday is making his way across the country recruiting all of the “old gods” of ancient mythology — it turns out they’re real and have settled among humankind. Wednesday’s goal is to confront the “new gods” who rule American life — gods like Media, Technical Boy, and Mr. World. As a human, Shadow acts as our point of entry into this fantastical world where magic is real and the gods live among us. American Gods premieres April 30 on Starz.