Today, Chip Walters talked to author Stephan Foust about his book, "A Leaf in the Stream: A Novel in Three Parts Based on Actual Events."
The book, based on the real-life experiences of the author, tells the story of a young history teacher and coach from Indiana who, on a student’s dare, quits his job to walk across the country during the economic turmoil of the Carter years. While set in the late 1970s, the book also delves into the more distant past, as protagonist Jonathan Allen follows the footsteps of westward moving emigrants, including the Donner Party and those who traveled the Santa Fe Trail. Alone, Jonathan faces the terrifying power of a Great Plains lightning storm; the bitter cold of a Rocky Mountain blizzard; the brutal pounding of a desert sandstorm; the terror of an approaching forest fire; and the attack of a gang of violent miscreants. Riddled with self-doubt, he is ultimately forced to confront his demons and finds a hidden inner strength, thanks to the love and support of the many good people he meets along the way.