When Buddy Barrett, The Boy Wonder of Broadway, is shot and killed during a rehearsal of his next musical, Mike Fargo is called to the scene. It doesn't take Fargo long to learn that the Boy Wonder had another nickname -- Buddy the Bastard. The list of suspects suddenly blossoms. Fargo soon discovers that the dead director is invisible. He has no past, no family, and there is no record of him anywhere. A second question then becomes, just who was the real Buddy Barrett?