Ronald Adams is going on a trip from Brooklyn, New York to California. Adams says goodbye to his mother. His mother cries and Adams assures her that he will be safe. Adams then leaves for his trip.
Adams is crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and he sees a man leaning against the bridges cables. There was rain on his shoulders and he was carrying a cheap overnight bag. The man walked to the side of the bridge to the middle of the road. Adams had to swerve to not hit him.
Adams saw the man again. He was at the Pulaski Skyway. Adams passed the man and saw him again at the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Adams had slowed down for one of the tunnels, and the man was there. The man called for Adams. Adams pressed on the gas. Adams stopped at the next gas station. The mechanic there said there were never hitchhikers in that area.
Adams couldn't be by himself anymore. He picked up a girl, and asked her questions about the man that he kept seeing. The girl said she didn't see him. Adams crashed into a barbed wire fence, trying to hit the man. The girl left, calling Adams crazy. Adams grabbed her, and the girl slapped him and ran off.
Adams calls his mother, but she doesn't answer. Someone named Mrs. Whitney answers the phone. Adams asks where his mother is at and makes sure that he has the right home. Mrs. Whitney says the Adams mother is at the hospital because of a nervous breakdown. Adams asks why. Mrs. Whitney claims that Adams mother went to the hospital because her oldest son died.
Adams figures out that he died on the Brooklyn Bridge in an accident. He swerved so he didn't hit the man, but he ended up dying. He wasn't traveling the entire time. He realized that the girl couldn't see the man because it was Adams sign of death, and he was the only one who could see him.