Why do bad things happen to good people? Figure it out and win your life back.
When Peter gets shot in the stomach on his way to work one morning it takes him a while to work out what is going on. After all, the train he wakes up on, as well as the sleepy sea-side town of Middling he subsequently arrives at, seem normal enough. And he feels perfectly fine - apart from the awful stomach cramps.
He is charged with one deceptively simple task - he needs to figure out why bad things happen to good people. There are people who are trying to help, and some who are trying to hinder him. Mysterious manuscripts keep appearing under his hotel room door and the one person who seems to genuinely be on his side, an old friend who died a decade ago, disappears the day after he finds her again.
But Peter isn't interested in any of it; he just wants to go home again.