Avatar Meher Baba, on his automobile journey across the United States in 1952, followed one of the routes of the Cherokee Trail of Tears to what is now Oklahoma. Meher Baba's journey ended in a cataclysmic automobile accident in the center of Oklahoma, where he shed his blood on American Soil.
Julia Ross documents in meticulous detail what is know of Meher Baba's route and the accident, which she began researching in the early 1970s. In the tradition of pilgrims' guides, she also traces the history and associations of the places Meher Baba visited. She focuses on the shadow side of American history, especially that of the American Indians.