From the Back of the Book:
Any game. Any story.
You're holding the cutting edge of roleplaying rules. The Story Engine is designed top to bottom for story games without the vestiges of wargaming that shackle so many other "storytelling" games. We've included Story Bones, our free online introductory version of the rules to help you get started as quickly and easily as possible.
Story Engine uses relative instead of linear scales, fitting everything from Gothic settings and Film Noir to heroic stories of good and evil such as high fantasy and superheroes. The rules adapt seamlessly to any genre, giving you fluid, fun games that focus on the story and not the rules.
Action is resolved as whole scenes through a bidding process and players spend resources to increase their chances, turning crucial moments into dramatic scenes.
Story Engine is the second generation of the ground-breaking Hubris roleplaying rules. It can be used with any game world, setting or story. Story Engine includes two adventure scenarios, advice on running games, sample characters and more!