Living in South Central L. A. Socrates Fortlow is a sixty-year-old ex-convict, still strong enough to kill men with his bare hands.
Now freed after serving twenty-seven years in prison, he is filled with profound guilt about his own crimes and disheartened by the chaos of the streets. And so, along with his gambler friend Billy Psalms, Socrates leases a tin-plated house known as The Big Nickel. He calls together local people of all races from their different social stations - lawyers, gangsters, preachers, Buddhists, businessmen - to conduct meetings of a Thinkers Club, where all can discuss the unanswerable questions in life.
In turns outraged and affectionate, The Right Mistake offers a profoundly redemptive exploration of the possibility of moral action in a violent world.