In Alaska, not far from Fairbanks, April 1992, Christopher Johnson McCandless walked "into the wild" elated, as he wrote in his journal. His adventure, however, came to a tragic conclusion 113 days later when he succumbed to starvation, probably having misidentified a poisonous plant for an edible one, his emaciated body incapable of overcoming the toxins. But Chris' journey began two years earlier. After his graduation from Emory University, Chris wrote a check to Oxfam for his entire savings and headed West. For even with grades good enough to qualify for Harvard Law School, Chris rejected materialism, searching for his authenticity, renaming himself Alexander Supertramp. Amazingly diverse encounters across the U.S. over the next months make up the heart of Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild and director Sean Penn's adaptation of it. Penn wrote the screenplay, in addition to shooting some of this powerful, poetic film.