Michael's freshman year of college has not gone well either socially or academically. In 1969, failure from college or dropping out of school means the draft and possibly Vietnam. Michael desperately wants success, acceptance and popularity. He believes that pledging a campus fraternity can help put him on the right path. As the final hurdle to get into the fraternity, he must hitchhike 1,500 miles over a weekend; a road trip which could save his freshman year and possibly change his life. The rides he gets, the people he meets, and the obstacles he overcomes on his journey do change his life -- but in an unexpected way.