RIPD is the ultimate police force!
Lawman Nick Walker Roy Pulsifer is killed by his partner and now works for the RIPD, a legendary police force charged with finding monstrous spirits who are disguised as ordinary people.
However, these monsters are trying to avoid their final judgment by hiding out among the living. When Nick and his new partner, a veteran lawman called Roy Pulsifer, uncover a plot that could end all life.
They must discover a way to restore the cosmic balance or else watch the tunnel to the afterlife start sending angry souls back to the world of the living.
Boston Police Department officers Detective Sergeant Nick Walker and Detective Lieutenant Bobby Hayes discover and steal several shards of gold while on duty.
Nick buries his share under an orange tree sapling in his garden; his wife, Julia, thinks that the tree is a surprise gift and mentions how content she is with their life together.
Nick realizes that they do not need the gold, and decides to submit it as evidence.
During a subsequent raid, Hayes, dissatisfied with Nick’s stroke of conscience, kills him.
In the afterlife, as penance for his thievery, Nick is recruited for the R.I.P.D. (The Rest In Peace Department). The RIPD is responsible for finding souls who refuse to move on to the afterlife, becoming “deados”, monsters disguised as humans.
He is partnered with Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher, a former U.S. Marshal and participant in the American Civil War.
On his first field mission, Nick aids Roy in interrogating a suspected deado, whereupon Nick discovers the perpetrator in possession of shards of gold like those he and Hayes had discovered.
On their way they stop at a cemetery to watch his funeral, where Nick attempts to make his presence known to Julia but is not recognized, because R.I.P.D. officers are given new identities and appearances to prevent them revealing that the afterlife exists.