Yuuichi Tate is overjoyed: he gets to go to a brand new high school. Of course, then he just happens to find out the school he chose is under frequent attack by strange creatures called "Orphans," and the school set up a special task force of female members called "HiMEs," using various elements as their powers to battle these invaders.
That's not all, though. Each member of the HiME task force has their own, unique "Key," another person whom, upon being discovered, can team up with the HiME to create a "Child," a combative unit specifically needed to effectively battle these Orphans. And with Yuuichi's luck, he just happens to find out he's not just the Key for one of the HiMEs, but for two... Two highly competitive, rival schoolgirls. And that's only the start of the trouble.
Adapted by Kimura Noboru and Satou Kenetsu, based on the anime created by Yatate Hajime.