The first book of a series, the adventure begins near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While painting for the summer, Mitch Phillips and his coworker Kevin make plans for Europe. Long days mean nothing when there’s a reason. Fall comes and they catch a ride to NYC. Buying one-way tickets from a cheap airfare voucher company, they wait a couple days for an available flight at Kevin’s buddy’s flat. After landing in Luxembourg, they get lost in Amsterdam and then wait for the final leg in Manchester, England.
A hard, cold place. A dark humor, with stark personalities, they are greeted with mumbling accents, black hash, and wild mushrooms. Drugs and searching minds. Losing time. Anything is better than there or here or wait …
Up the road a bit, after a brief yet dramatic stop in Bolton, on Mitch’s twenty-seventh birthday they are finally driven to the Highlands of Scotland for real purpose. Contracted to harvest Christmas trees, of all things, Mitch battles with his traveling partner, the weather, and his penchant for drugs and alcohol. He’s searching for the difference in life and the real meaning of art. He has a guitar, a camera, and a snowboard—nothing out of the ordinary. Everyone does this, right?
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October 14, 2016