It was previously announced that the new show would follow a young William Adama as he is assigned to the newly-built spaceship Galactica.
Eick told the Los Angeles Times: "[Adama is] on the precipice of experiencing his first taste of combat. The era... is the threatening, treacherous period known as the First Cylon War, which fans of Battlestar Galactica may remember took place over 40 years before the events of [that show]."
He added that the series would introduce several new characters, including the "compelling and unusual" Beka Kelly.
"[She is] an enigmatic, seemingly impenetrable software genius who gives Adama a run for his money in more ways than one," explained Eick.
The two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is expected to go into production early next year.