Ronald Adams is leaving his mother from a 3 month trip to California. Adams and his mother were very close and she is worrying about him leaving and his driving. She tells him to not drive fast, don't fall asleep while driving, and don't pick any strangers up on the way.
Adams first part of the trip was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. While he was driving across the bridge, he had to swerve or he would have hit a man that was standing on the bridge. The mysterious man seemed to be holding an overnight bag and he appeared to be waiting for a ride.
Ronald Adams keeps driving and he still sees the man standing outside at every stop. He even saw him at small stops like the gas station or stops to get a little something to eat or drink. Adams is starting to wonder why he is spotting him so many times on this one trip.
Adams picked up a young girl on this leg of his trip. He continued to see the man outside everywhere he was. He saw the man standing by a barbed wire fence and Adams ran into the fence with the girl in the car. The girl screamed and tried to escape the car but Adams was begging her to stay. She slapped him and escaped.
Adams stopped at a gas station to call his mother at a telephone booth. A lady named Mrs. Whitney answered the phone at his mothers house. She said that his mother was in the hospital suffering from nervous breakdowns.
Adams had no idea why his mother would be in the hospital. Mrs. Whitney said that her oldest son Ronald had been killed just six days ago in an automobile accident on the Brooklyn Bridge. Adams then realized that he is no longer alive.