The road-trippers reach Long Island, NY, home of writer Beverly Donofrio. Beverly recounts a long list of personal failuresgetting put in remedial English, a failed thesis, a lost jobbetween bouts of reflective laughter. You have to laugh, she tells the road-trippers, and thrive from adversity; take a real look at the opportunities that are presented to you, and say yes as often as you can. From there, the road-trippers head to Detroit, MI, where they encounter one of the renegade artists who... [see more] are taking back the city. Spoken word poet Airea Dee Matthews urges the road-trippers to find rebirth in collapse; in the mostly abandoned city, the artists of Detroit dont see decay, but possibility. The road-trippers see the decay for themselves when they tour an abandoned building and experience the sense of freedom and energy that drives the artists push for regeneration. Next, in Chicago, IL, Telejon struggles to reconcile his mentors suggestions that he become a professor with his disaffection for the educational system. After interviewing Professor David Stovall, Telejon sees that David shares his concerns about access and privilege, and uses his position to create change. Telejon leaves the interview feeling more confident that hell go back to school.
This documentary series is literally and figuratively driven by twenty-somethings. Soon-to-be college graduates (from the U.S. , Canada and the U.K.) criss-cross the country in three mechanically unsound RVs interviewing people from all walks of life to get their stories - how they got to where they are - to see how these stories might provide some insight and guidance as the students try to define their own roads in life.