Our “cast” of real-life characters runs the gamut of ages, nationalities, religious backgrounds and experiences on the Camino.
For 500 miles, we follow a devout French mother with her 3-year-old toddler in tow, as well as a 73-year-old Canadian Episcopal priest and his long-time friend – a recent widower. A Religious Science student from the United States struggles with her competitive side, and the damage it causes when she sustains severe leg injuries. An unexpected relationship flowers between a 30-something Danish athlete determined to travel solo and a relic-hunter from Quebec 10 years her junior.
A Portuguese entrepreneur turns from a hard-drinking partier into a soulful man of contemplation through friendships made on the trail. We ride with a middle-aged, well-to-do Frenchwoman who, crippled by a stray bullet on a hunting trip, must do the Camino by horse-and-carriage. After fleeing her destructive life in Rio de Janeiro, a young playwright throws away her anti-depression medication, trusting that the Camino will restore her body’s chemistry – it does. And a South Korean mother becomes brave enough to say “I love you” to her husband for the very first time in their 27 years of marriage.