In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out
to rediscover his native land. He felt that he might have lost
touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people.
Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled all across the
United States in a pick-up truck. His journey took him through
almost forty states, and he saw things that made him proud, angry,
sympathetic and elated. All that he saw and experienced is
described with remarkable honesty and insight.