Ricky Jenks gave up life in the U.S. years ago and is content, if not happy, with his life as a piano player in a small Paris café. He has many friends among the other African-Americans living in Paris and is involved with a French Muslim woman. But then everything changes. His American life comes crashing down on him when his estranged cousin wants help finding his runaway wife, even though he's vague about why. That same night Ricky finds a prostitute dead in his apartment building in Paris's 18th arrondissement, the center of multicultural life in Paris. That these two events could be connected is something he never imagines.