Joe Middleton doesn't remember killing anyone. He calls himself Joe Victim, but others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver, and they want to see him dead. There's Melissa, Joe's accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there's Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver's victims. Finally there's Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career. It's a long shot, but it had better work before Joe becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn't quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for.