James Michener has turned his unsurpassed ability to understand and portray the vast currents of history to a new and unexpected subject: his own life. As a writer. A world traveler. A filmmaker. As a man who, on a two-week trip to Poland and Rome in 1988, finds every moment filled with political, spiritual, and personal meanings. Many stories are beautifully told in this uniquely personal book. Michener's talent for synthesis and insight illuminates his 14-day pilgrimage abroad - and the pilgrimage of his own life.