The graphic novel begins with an overview of the Savage Land, showing the genetic diversity of the place, from the dinosaurs to the various humanoid races that were created by the ancient Atlanteans fifteen thousand years before. Then we go to Kazar, Shanna, and their young son. The sabre-toothed tiger, Zabu, warns them that there's a fire nearby--and it's the result of "slash and burn". Outsiders are exploiting the natives. This is met by deathly resistance by Torran of the Ether, an glowing blue electric humanoid who says his people are protecting people from the outsiders.
There's a food shortage and humanitarian aid is sent, with food--but the company that previously exploited the Savage Land, Roxxon Oil, wants another go at it by reactivating their abandoned oil rig. It's a battle between them and the natives they've convinced to get outside/destructive help, the elf-like people of The Ether, who are extremists, and Kazar, self appointed protector of this lost continent. The Burning Season moves the story forward, though I'd rather just read a story about the Savage Land without a modern outside world influence.