Clive January is a successful black Wall Street banker. He is a husband, a father, and the lover of a woman with whom he'd shared an obsessive love since before his marriage to another. Now he's dead, shot in the back at his Long Island summer home. When the story opens, we see Clive's ghost, who has realized that he must work through Bob Greene, a white detective assigned to his case, in order to discover his murderer. Clive is trapped in a world between heaven and hell, and his only hope for peace is to find out who killed him.