Casey Jones is unfulfilled. Her charity job depresses her, her relationship with her adoptive and religious parents confuses her, and she has repeated nightmares about her ex, She Who Must Not Be Named. In a moment of sudden clarity she chucks in her job, contacts her old friend, Danny, and they plan a pilgrimage of sorts to find some real meaning in their lives. What she didn't plan for, however, was an extra passenger in the shape of Danny's 12-year-old son, Ari. Sullen and resentful about his mother's battle with breast cancer, and his recently re-acquainted father, Ari doesn't make the best traveling companion for child-cautious Casey. The three of them are thrown together, alongside bags of oranges and sacks of potatoes, for an intense rollercoaster ride through Europe and Asia's most beautiful and dangerous places, in an ice cream van called Alice, allowing the history and culture they encounter to change the way they see the world, and each other.