In Agents of Five, players are Yuansu Shi, people of the elements. They are in service to the Celestial Hierarchy. In their role as one of the Agents of Five, they use their connection to the elements to overcome obstacles and right the wrongs identified by the Celestial Hierarchy.
The game is based on a limited understanding of the Chinese elements and each player has a dominant element. Players can use their dominant element to aid friends or oppose foes depending on their own element.
The game format is traditional, with a game master creating challenges for players to overcome using their powers and skills.