A young man leaves his middle class existence in pursuit of freedom from relationships and obligation. Giving up his home, family, all possessions but the few he carried on his back and donating all his savings to charity Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) embarks on a journey throughout America . His eventual aim is to travel into Alaska , into the wild, to spend time with nature, with ‘real’ existence, away from the trappings of the modern world.