Matt Jacob tries to hide from life behind a chemical curtain. The reluctant Boston private eye abuses various substances, as well as TV, to dull the pain and guilt of his freshly tragic past. All he wants is to play landlord in his apartment building and let the world forget him. It doesn't. Instead, his doorbell rings. Within minutes, Matt is irrevocably drawn into two serpentine cases: his own shrink asks him to look into a burglary, and a hotshot lawyer friend wants Matt to follow a former tormented wife. When the two cases shockingly converge, crooked cops cha-cha on Matts chest, and an incredible secret drives a killer to kill, Matt buckles down to prove that he's still among the living...but maybe not for long.