Chris (Emile Hirsch) has just graduated with a promising career ahead of him, which, however, is not the life he wants. Soon, he burns his bridges, and leaves his family and friends. Without money or documents, he sets out on a tramp’s journey through the USA. He rides a kayak down the Colorado river, enters the lives of many people. Finally, he rests in the dreamed of peace of Alaska. Non-compromising director, Sean Penn, has chosen to direct a non-fiction novel by John Krakauer, which tells the fascinating story of the real Chris. His unbound nature has attracted many readers, while Penn transformed the story into a tribute to human freedom in the American landscape.