John Adams was just a con man until he was wrongly accused and convicted of bloody murder. When given the chance to escape, he takes it and goes on the run. He hitches a ride with a northbound trucker and leaves the southern coast, headed for Ohio. Once there, he finds an opportunity he never could have expected.
He easily assumes the identity of a deceased private investigator, Marcus Phoenix. The set up is perfect for John to dig deeper into his own criminal case and find the real culprit, but he’s soon distracted by a beautiful widow who suspects her husband’s death—ruled suicide—was actually murder. What can he do but give the lovely lady a hand?
Of course being a phony detective and con man doesn’t make playing with local authorities much fun as John constantly worries he’ll be found out as a fake. He’s even more concerned when he realizes the grieving wife is actually a mafia princess. Apparently, no one’s telling the truth in Toledo, and all the lies could get John killed.