Life is absurd.
Post-war life is absurd and bizarre – a harsh lesson learned by Vietnam vet ELVIN SUGGS. Eager to resume his life with his wife, petite blonde CHERIE, and his Airedale Terrier SAVANNAH, his hopes are dashed when Cherie demands a divorce. With no future remaining in Memphis, he searches for DIMOND REDDING, the widow of Don, his best friend in ‘nam.
Now a fifty-five year old widow, DI is struggling to build a new life in St. Louis, Missouri. As an ex-Army nurse, she now has a job at the People’s Hospital and an apartment at the Jewel Arms, located in an aging south city neighborhood. Before long, a gruesome murder outside her door challenges her decision.