I feel this is a great travel book and I recommend it to anyone that is going to be traveling to a foreign country. This was the story of 2 girls just out of college traveling around the world in 1986. The journey begins in The Peoples Republic of China. The way that this is written made feel very anxious for the girls while they were traveling. While they are in Communist China, they begin to feel paranoid and physically ill. The conditions that Gilman describes were simply unbelievable. But she did such a good job with her writing that I did believe it. 6 weeks into their trip one of the girls goes into a psychotic episode and it is questionable whether or not they were going to be able to get out of the country in order to get her home. Great Book!!!!