As a paramedic, Rocco Pierce is no stranger to making life-and-death decisions and delivering devastating news. But he has never faced a situation quite like this. What exactly do you do with a letter informing you that your wife is dying of breast cancer when you've never been married? Is it a bureaucratic failure or divine intervention? Crime reporter Mallory Yoshida is used to getting odd fan mail, sowhy should she pay attention to this guy who wants to talk to her about a mysterious letter? After all, it's not like it's a matter of life and death. Or is it?