Donovan Candle is an average guy living a painfully normal life with his wife Donna and their house cat Mr. Precious Paws. By day he toils as a telemarketer while clinging to a dying hope of becoming a successful author. But that changes one morning when Donovan awakens to find he is afflicted with a bizarre transparency and visions of a monochromatic world. No one notices his fading self-not even his wife-and by the end of the week, Donovan is at his wits' end. During a telemarketing call, he confesses to a stranger, If something doesn't happen to me soon, I'm just going to disappear for good. That evening he arrives home to discover his wife is missing. The phone rings, and on the line is a man who refers to himself as Aleister Dullington-the same man to whom Donovan made his confession. It is with his introduction that Donovan begins an endeavor to save not just his wife but his own existence, and in doing so he will learn the meaning-and danger-of a life transparent.