After years of burying his memories of his father, a Romanian Jew who mysteriously disappeared from Ted's life when he was five, he decided it was time to confront his ancestry. Ted Simon's pilgrimage to find his roots in Eastern Europe took him from his mother's birthplace in Hamburg, through Poland and Bosnia, and finally to Romania. Attempting to cover a staggering 1500 miles on foot, he encountered Polish punks, meagre food supplies, pig farmers, blisters, and a mad bull in mating season. In Romania, mesmerized by Gypsy culture, he finally solved some of the mysteries of his father's early life, finding peace in a land of change and upheaval. His compelling personal odyssey illuminates half a continent as well as a single family.