"A young Englishman, Dean, goes on a journey to South America in search of his father Jack. Using memoirs from his father's South American travel diary he follows his exact footsteps through Brazil, Argentina and eventually Bolivia. As he delves deeper into his father's murky past, Dean begins to questions whether his father would be best left a distant memory."
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The airport was dank and unfamiliar. A cold breeze had smacked Dean in the face as soon as he had emerged from Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International. Dean observed a cute looking couple to his left, gaping indulgently into each other’s eyes. All Dean had on this continent was himself, a rucksack and a diary. It was the diary of his estranged father Jack who had disappeared when Dean was a child.
Using memoirs from the diary and with the help of some new friends he meets in a Rio hostel Patrick, Zach and Greg, Dean traces the exact footprints of his father through Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The boys have skirmishes with crocodiles, explore uninhabited islands and sleep under the stars on tranquil beaches in adventures that they will be able to tell their grandchildren.
When political unrest takes heave in Bolivia, Dean and his friends discover that there is no exit; all the roads out are blocked. Three of his friends are taken captive by the Bolivian army under suspicion of espionage. Dean travels to the capital La Paz with Irishman Patrick, unearthing some startling truths about his father along the way, which have the potential to change the course of Bolivian history and topple some of the most prominent political figures in Bolivia.
Dean starts to question whether he wants to unearth his father’s secretive past any further or whether his Dad Jack would be best left a distant memory.
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