His life has spun out of control to the point where he believes his only option is to end it.
As he sits on a on a bridge, reflecting on what has brought him to this point and observing passers-by for signs of hope, he is assaulted. A knife stab penetrates his lungs and a second blow is aimed at his heart, striking a book he is carrying in his pocket - The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
Near death in ICU, and with no other clues as to his identity, staff refer to their patient as Dante. Although comatose, Dante is aware of his surroundings but has no recollection of his life or what led him to being on the bridge. He flatlines and staff attempt to revive him. Now, in this space between life and death he meets a humourous character named Cap who explains, cryptically, that there is a group of souls waiting to take the final journey to whatever their destination may be. Dante and Cap come to an agreement – in return for listening to secrets that they wish not to take with them to their graves, Dante will gain an insight into the circumstances of his life.
The subsequent stories follow the themes of the original Alighieri's first poem, Inferno. Beginning with the Lust and ending with the Treachery, each storyteller reveals a secret they have carried with them through their lives. As each story sparks a memory, "Dante" discovers more and more about the life he has decided to leave behind. Ultimately, after several attempts at resuscitation, and with the last dregs of life escaping him, he needs to decide whether or not he wants a second chance.