Set once again in the fictional metropolis of Stilwater, Saints Row 2 takes place several years after the first game's seemingly permanent conclusion. Though it looked like your character was reduced to fleshy confetti in a boat explosion, think again: it seems you were merely horribly disfigured and left for dead.
Yay! It's a convenient narrative justification for Saints 2's character-creation system, whereby you'll rebuild your gangster from scratch as if you required major reconstructive plastic surgery. Which, after being blown up, you did. And hey, you can even choose to come back female. Wow, just how badly burned were you?