It's the summer of 1977 and young Digger Davis is well on his way to becoming a fixture in the college town of Chapel Hill, NC. He owns a bar, is in a comfortable relationship with his beautiful girl friend, and is slowly gaining recognition among the townsfolk, students, street freaks and cops. But one day, as he's driving through campus, the world fades away and he wakes up in a mental institution. Nineteen years have passed in what to him is just an instant. His only clue is a fade note: "Don't come back to Chapel Hill; you're wanted for murder."
Digger learns he'd been found comatose from an unknown drug overdose by the body of a cop. Uncharged all these years because of his mental condition, he has a mysterious trust fund and an opportunity to start life over far away. But he realizes he must return to North Carolina and prove his innocence, not only to the world, but most importantly to himself.
Digger finds himself in a strange new world of cell phones, the internet, lattes, Captain Picard and a terrible new plague called AIDS. He is rejected by his old friends, interrogated by the police, dazed by the new technology, and disparaged for his out-of-date beliefs. Under the strain of rediscovering his memories of that lost summer of '77, his confidence and self-image begin to crack. Could he really be a cop-killer?