McGee Brown, the "emerging dean of participatory sports journalists," quits his job on a whim and finds himself in San Francisco. When he links up with his old friend Fillmore, a clinical psychologist/ bartender, Brown's life will never be the same.
Through Fillmore, he takes on a role as a bogus psychologist. As Dr. Brown, McGee meets with two patients: one is a troubled young woman who claims her filthy-rich financier husband is trying to kill her; the other is a former TV producer who has adopted the persona of his 1960s series superhero, DangerMan. Brown turns investigator when he's hired by the newly widowed financier to find his missing daughter. In exchange for a $50,000 fee, Brown agrees to do some private investigating, leading to a story packed with car chases, shoot-outs and other hedonistic delights to round out a novel cast with colorful and quirky characters.