It's a journal about riding the rails—hopping freight trains and living with hobos in hobo jungles (at least the hobos that were still around in the 80s). I don't want to hop freights; and this book convinced me that's a wise attitude. But reading about someone else hopping freights is pretty interesting. It's also sad; hobos don't treat each other well, don't trust each other much; this trip wasn't a happy-go-lucky trip through the daisies. Interesting read; check it out.