Dead ringer, the creepy colloquial, takes on the troublesome literal in this strange story of doppelganger deja vu.
Five years after being widowed, Nikki spies a guy who is the spitting image of her deceased spouse. She stalks him and discovers that he is an artist named Tom. The similarities with her dear departed are not just facial, the eyes, the sense of humour, and the artistic bent are all uncannily acute.
Still grieving she sees Tom as a reincarnation and forces an introduction, hiring him to teach her to paint. Off her head but on his face, she begins an affair, not disclosing the remarkable visage verisimilitude to the unsuspecting sap.