Joe Pendleton je igralec ameriškega nogometa, ki se po nizu poškodb ponovno vrača na sceno. Toda ravno ko bi moral zaigrati na pomembni tekmi, doživi prometno nesrečo in namesto v bolnišnici pristane v nebesih. Izkaže se, da je prišlo do pomote in da Joe ne bi smel umreti, toda kaj, ko so njegovo truplo že zažgali in je od njega ostal samo še pepel. Zato je edina možnost, da se vrne na zemljo, da prevzame drugo telo. Angeli mu namenijo telo ostarelega milijonarja Lea Farnswortha, ki sta ga pravkar ubila njegova žena in tajnik. Joejeva edina želja pa je, da ponovno zaigra za svoje moštvo.
Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions.