At the age of twenty-seven and afraid of falling into a life he doesn’t want, Robert Martineau quits his office job, buys a flight to Accra, and begins to walk. He walks 1,000 miles through Ghana, Togo, and Benin, to Ouidah, an ancient spiritual center on the West African coast.

As he travels alone across rainforest, savannah, and mountains, Martineau meets shamans, priests, historians, archaeologists, and kings. Through the process of walking each day, and the lessons of those he encounters, Martineau starts to build connections with the natural world and the past – and, at last, to find the meaning he craves.

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