Marcellus Box is restless, and he does not know how to find what he is missing most in his life. He was raised-up in the deep woods of the "Big Thicket," which is northeast of Houston, Texas. In August of 1926, he receives a mysterious postcard from his cousin, Estella, begging him to come to Loma Linda, California, immediately.
Now, Estella has always held a special place in Marcellus's heart. They have always watched out for each other, and when she and her family left Texas for California, he was desolate! He asks for time off from work and then begins his quest across the country as a hobo to join Estella, his Dulcinea. Marcellus's trip to California is also a quest to find the deeper meaning in his life, his destiny.
What drives Marcellus to look deeper into his understanding of life and search for true happiness? We follow him as he travels the rails through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and then into California. He meets fascinating people along the way who stretch his mind. He learns new concepts about the earth's origin; and he experiences a new energy inside himself; which lift s him up to a higher existence.