Earl Hollsopple lived on the edge of civilization in a deserted shack for nearly 40 years. His life was one beautiful night of stargazing after another, until a helicopter flies overhead, and exposes his meager world. It is a sign; it is time for him to return to civilization.
Unknowingly, Earl's journey parallels another he had deeply repressed, and that is his return from the Vietnam War. The lone survivor of a plane crash, Earl waits for rescue that never comes. He is left to find his way home alone.
On both his quests, old Earl and young Earl learn lessons of survival, overcoming isolation, and handling conflicts; his travels teach him not just about himself, but humankind. Reaching pivotal points in both journeys, Earl meets fateful loves, leading to destinies that are ultimately intertwined.
Everything in life circles until we are able to answer the riddles that plague man and humanity. Only until we take the journey, solve the problems of our own existence, do we find our way home.