Greg Salem can be forgiven for being a bit confused about the state of his life. After all, he’s traveled a bit of an unusual path. Currently an East Los Angeles police officer, once upon a time Greg was known as Fred Despair, punk legend/lead singer of the band Bad Citizen Corporation (BCC).
Though he’s pretty much kicked the excesses of his former punk lifestyle, Salem’s still a bit of a square peg in the round hole that is the police department. When he’s not on the job, Salem still appears occasionally with BCC for special one-off gigs, and also enjoys indulging his passion for surfing.
It’s an interesting balancing act, one that starts to unravel after Salem is involved in an on-the-job shooting.
Though Salem swears the young sexual assault suspect he corned in an alley after a foot pursuit reached for a gun in his waistband, by the time backup reached Salem an agitated mob of citizens had formed and no gun was ever found.
Put on suspension while the investigation and consideration of indictment unfolds, Salem seeks solace in a gig with BCC, only to have that go horribly off the rails when his best friend Ricky, BCC’s lead guitarist, is shot dead during a melee at the club where BCC is playing. Now, Salem is haunted by two deaths, left wondering if there is anything he could have done to prevent either. Knowing he can’t get involved in the official investigation of his own case, Salem vows to do right by his best friend and get to the bottom of his murder.