The plot of Replay is very simple: Jeff finds himself dying after a too-short but very disappointing life in 1988, and wakes up at the age of 19 in 1963. And the book simply runs with the idea. After getting the necessary confusion and disbelief out of the way, Jeff uses his knowledge of the future to make money in stocks and gambling, and lives out his life again as a rich man. But does being rich solve all life's problems? Replay closely examines how Jeff, a genuinely real and empathetic character, reacts to different major life choices. What makes the novel truly interesting is that Jeff doesn't get to live his life over just once. Every time the moment comes when he suffers a heart attack and dies in 1988, it happens again and he wakes up in college. Jeff explores wealth and how to spend it, different types of romantic relationships, different career paths, how his knowledge of the future can affect history, and eventually finds another "repeater" that he can share his experiences with. Over and over again. The plot eventually does try to deal with repeating and how it's happening, but the why of it isn't the point. It's what Jeff, an Ordinary Average Guy, does with life over and over again, and how it means more or less to him depending on what he does with it.
A fatal heart attacks returns forty-three-year-old Jeff Winston to his eighteen-year-old body, in 1963, and, with his memory of the next twenty-five years intact and the freedom to change his actions, he begins to live his life over again