Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer tells the story of Christopher McCandless and his travels throughout America. McCandless left home during the summer, without leaving a trace. His parents hired private investigators to locate him, but he could not be found. McCandless hitch hiked to the West where he worked odd jobs before continuing his travels. Many people felt a strong connection with him, letting him stay with them. His goal was to have a great Alaskan adventure, the kind Jack London wrote about.
His presence left a meaningful mark on many people, who told Krakauer about them. The book also contains McCandless’ own journal entries, which depict someone who isn’t sure what he is doing in the world, but wanted to find out.