In the summer of 1978, twenty-one-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he&rsquoll get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket. And, if karma didn&rsquot already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing.
Original photographs (including pre-kingpin El Chapo), and Wilson&rsquos strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personal&mdashin the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finnegan&mdashexceptthis tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told.