The 1st anniversary following the death of Eric Draven and his fiance' Shelly Webster, Eric returns to the land of the living with a spirit guide in the form of a crow to help guide him although Eric has no clue as to why he was resurrected and why Shelly didn't return with him. He is not alone though; at times, Eric can hear or feel Shelly's presence through the window of their apartment where he was thrown to the street below. Certain objects and even people bring the horrors of that night flooding back into his mind where he is unable to control them. Unsure of his path, he begins a hunt for the men responsible for his death and the death of his soul-mate Shelly.
Draven agrees to work with Albrecht to solve his murder and Shelly's. Albrecht goes after leads as Draven approaches the record label demanding to know how they obtained his song, which was never performed nor written down and only sung once to Shelly on the night they died. Unknown to Draven, he is not the alone in the supernatural world. As he faces his nemesis, he runs the risk of losing everything including his life despite his immortality, which would leave Shelly waiting forever for her soul-mate who would never return to her.
Draven's new landlord discovers he is living in the loft he shared with Shelly then learns he must begin paying rent or lose the window portal that allows him to connect with Shelly. Albrecht advises him to find a job. In the meantime, Shelly is befriended in the Land of the Dead by a woman named Elise whose boyfriend was charged with her murder. Shelly and Elise work together to contact Draven in hopes he can set things right by proving the boyfriend is not guilty.
Albrecht is working on a series of cases of "Smash and Grab" parties orchestrated by two adults who bring in teenagers to destroy wealthy homes as the adults steal the valuables. Sarah's friend Kyle joins the group. In her desire to help a friend, Sarah goes to Albrecht claiming she is working on a paper for Career Day in school and asks for assistance on how a person would go undercover as a police officer. An unaware Albrecht gives her the information she needs to insert herself into the gang. After Sarah's acceptance into the club, her nosing around searching for proof puts her life in danger. Draven and Albrecht work diligently to find the elusive gang, those responsible, and save Sarah from harm in the process.
A young boy with the gift to hear voices of people who died works at a carnival under the supervision of a greedy legal guardian determined not to lose his meal-ticket. Due to his special gift and the fact Eric's seemingly lost his connection to Shelly through the window portal, Sarah drags Eric to the carnival to meet the young boy. The boy is able to pass a message along to Eric from Shelly, claiming she will continue to wait for him. In the interim, the young boy attempts to escape his guardian. The voices he hears is literally driving the child insane, so much so that he attempts to take his own life. Shelly and Eric do what they can to save him but will it be enough?
Psychopath murderer Drew Kessler went to prison where he spent only 7 years before the board of parole released in on the basis of good behavior; however, Kessler spent his time in prison plotting his revenge against the detective he believes is responsible for sending him to prison in the first place and that detective is Albrecht. Kessler and his goon squad play cat and mouse games with Albrecht before Kessler murders him; however, none suspected assistance in the form of The Crow aka Eric Draven. Eric comes to help his friend stop the murderers but stay alive in the process as well as finding a way off the uninhabited island Kessler lured Albrecht to in order to seek his revenge.
Eric goes crazy with anger upon learning some strange woman is responsible for stealing Shelly's identification, literally walking into Shelly's life as it is her own. After catching up to the woman, he realizes his attempts to catch the woman tipped off the mob enforcers who already murdered her husband and now they are coming after her. Eric promises to keep her safe from the mob who wants her dead.
Top Dollar escapes from the mental ward in prison to seek out Eric Draven as The Crow to force him into killing him, which will turn Top Dollar into an immortal only he will become an evil immortal like Re. If matters were not bad enough, Top Dollar has targeted Eric's friends Sarah, Darla, and India in an attempt to draw out The Crow forcing him to seek vengeance. Eric is faced with a heavy decision. If he chooses to remain, he can protect his friends from Top Dollar but he can also lose the only chance he will ever have to reunite with Shelly. If he goes Top Dollar will have the ability to murder Eric's friends and others with nobody to stop him.
In a depressive state, Sarah convinces Eric to visit Dr. John Dorset, a past-life regression psychologist in hopes that he can help Eric connect with Shelly again; however, somewhere along the line of hypnosis, Eric becomes stuck in his past-life as Black Feather and awakens from hypnosis still believing he is Black Feather. Worse, he is demanding to see Rebecca although she died many years before. In an attempt to help trigger a switch to bring Eric back, Dorset sends Sarah to the university to bring back Native American Indian Historian Jane Cogo. The three of them, later joined by Albrecht work diligently to bring Eric's soul back while sending Black Feather from where he came.
Eric visits Shelly's grave and finds 6-year-old Casey Thompson. Casey cannot believe Eric can see him since nobody else has been able to since he died and became "invisible." Casey asks for Eric's help. His dad Jake is in a lot of trouble. Some thugs are attempting to kill him and he agreed to make one of the longest jumps on a motorcycle that will make motorcycle history or kill him in the process.
A distraught Eric Draven resorts to using magic to re-open the portal that allows him to see and even sense Shelly's presence; however, Eric's magic spell did not open the portal to where Shelly is. Instead, it opened allowing a beast-like creature later identified as the executed serial murderer John Lee Wilbanks. The beast-like Wilbanks begins doling out revenge against those responsible for his execution. Wilbanks kidnaps Cordelia as she was the ADA working the Wilbanks' murder trial. This ordeal causes a major rift develops between the two friends over the entire ordeal of Wilbanks' escape from whatever purgatory plane he was stuck in.
Shea Morino's abusive husband comes back to town, and Draven goes undercover in an attempt to help Albrecht catch him committing a crime. Unfortunately, Internal Affairs is closing in on Albrecht, and Capshaw is being forced to testify against him.
Draven has spent several months in jail, following his arrest for Shelly's murder at the end of the previous episode. Now, its up to Eric and his idealistic public defender to convince a jury of his innocence.
As Draven awaits his sentencing for the murder conviction, the Skull Cowboy comes to Eric and offers him a chance to go back in time and prevent Top Dollar from ever killing him and Shelly.
The judge shocks everyone by overturning Draven's guilty verdict due to a technicality. Now back on the streets, Eric meets a female Crow named Hannah Foster, brought back to life to avenge the murders of herself and her daughter. Elsewhere, Albrecht's career is ruined, and he enters a depression spiral.
Draven must prevent a Russian national from using the portal between worlds to resurrect historical madman Grigori Rasputin.
Draven is approached by a mysterious society known as the Lazarus Group, who wish to use Eric to uncover the secrets of immortality, but may be hiding another agenda. Also, Albrecht is approached by an attorney, who wants to sue the city on his behalf.
Draven's band Hangman's Joke is involved in a contest at the Blackout club, and Eric feels compelled to re-join them and start making music again. Unfortunately, this compulsion isn't healthy. Also, Albrecht and Capshaw return to work for the police department.
Draven must help Hannah return a stolen baby to her rightful mother, and along the way try to bring Hannah some closure to her own loss. Elsewhere, Darla starts drinking again, worrying Sarah.
Draven must help his half-brother Chris overcome his various demons relating to relating abandonment, all while protecting him from the wrath of underworld thugs that he stole from.
The police department is terrorized by a cop killer, and Lieutenant Vincennes is the next target. Draven works with Albrecht and Capshaw to both catch the killer, and prevent Vincennes from making a fatal mistake. Also, Sarah looks after Vincennes' children, and Eric has trouble controlling his Crow side.
The evil leader of the Lazarus Group returns, and performs a ritual that separates the Crow entity from Draven. Now completely uninhibited, the Crow does things only for his own selfish purposes. Faced with a fight he can't possibly win, Eric turns to Shelly for help, but it comes a high cost.