Eric Draven, a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiance, Shelly, by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death, a mystical crow appears at Eric';s grave. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante';s invincibility.