From creator Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies is the story of Ned (Lee Pace), a gifted pie-maker who has the ability to bring the dead back to life with a touch. However, there's a catch - for every life he brings back, something in the vicinity of "similar value" must drop dead to maintain balance and order.
Ned's childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles (Anna Friel) is keenly aware of Ned's talent, having had her life forever altered by it. "Chuck" lives with her two, agoraphobic and eccentric aunts, Vivian (Ellen Greene) and Lily (Swoosie Kurtz). Also in Ned's world is his friend and employee, Olive (Kristen Chenoweth), who runs Ned's restaurant "The Pie Hole."
Into this comes private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). Emerson discovers Ned's ability and offers him a deal: If Ned uses his ability to help solve mysteries, Emerson will split the profits from that with Ned. With his restaurant on the brink of fiancial collapse, Ned agrees. And that's where things get really interesting.