The story is set in a world called Gaea, a planet where Earth can be seen in the night sky. On Gaea, the Tribe of the Black Dragon begins invading other territories, seeking to conquer and rule the planet.
Young prince Van's country is one of those destroyed by the Black Dragon. Enraged by the invasion, this descendant of the white-winged Dragon fights against the Black Dragon and attempts to save Gaea. Van comes under the protection of Abaharaki, the rule of a neighboring country that also opposes the Black Dragon. But Van is a maverick and a loner, and never opens up to anyone around him.
Now, the Black Dragon has discovered a terrible weapon. They have a dragon armor that, during the ancient wars, is believed to have burned all of Gaea. The Black Dragon plans to excavate and resurrect this powerful weapon. In order to prevent the Black Dragon from attaining such extraordinary power, Abaharaki attacks.
Meanwhile on Earth, there is a girl who wants to disappear. Hitomi has been hurt and seems to have lost her will to live. When her attitudes ends up hurting her best friend, Hitomi becomes completely disgusted with herself. "I wish I could just vanish ...."
As if an answer to her prayer, she hears a voice. A mysterious power takes Hitomi away from Earth and leads her to Gaea. What will Hitomi see in this strange world? Total destruction or rebirth? Hitomi has no clue that she is the key to shaping the destiny of this world.
And now, the other key to the Gaea, the legendary dragon armor, resurrects in from of Van.
The legendary white armor .... Its name is Escaflowne.