Matthew Griffith was a carefree rich-boy who never considered the consequences of his actions. After dying in Viet Nam, he is placed in an "abyss of nothingness" for 28 years. He is then plunked down in the mortal world and is given a short time to right the wrongs he has unknowingly unleashed by his thoughtless actions, knowing that the abyss awaits if he fails.
Roxanne, Matt's daughter, never met her father and had a very tough life growing up among his wealthy family. She holds her father responsible for leaving her and her mother and for the hard life they had to endure with the very people who should have loved and supported them.
Drop into this story, Spencer "no relation" Griffith, who has a huge family, and is on a mission to find his missing (and presumed dead) brother Mitchell. (Thus the starting point of the story, M. Griffith was found in Viet Nam, Spencer hoped it was his brother, but it was Roxanne's father). Spencer can't figure out why Roxanne is so angry at getting her father's remains back from Viet Nam and having the opportunity to gain closure on that part of her life. He and his family have been looking for this opportunity for 20 years. As the book progresses, he grows to love Roxanne, and understand her better. His support and her father's presence in her life as a ghost, change Roxanne's entire vision of life.