How can travel turn the lonesome broodings of confusions to the small findings of solitude? In the western landscape, how do we leave word for each other, we travelers and citizens of places known by few? What are the gifts of the landscape itself- the desert's dazzle, fragrance, storm, and stars? How might these heal sorrow? In this book, a crisis of marriage and identity sends a traveler out along the Lochsa Road from Oregon, to seek the healing solitudes of the moutains and deserts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. this pilgrim meets the rancher who has made his peace with hate, the oldest Rotarian, the saint of the homeless, and a woman who would be alone, .