Ronald Adams lives in Brooklyn and is leaving to go to California. His mom is upset that he is leaving and promised he would not cry but she ended up crying. She is very nervous and tells him to drive safe and do not fall asleep or pick up hitchhikers.
The beginning of the trip was going really well until Ronald swerved off the road trying to avoid the man. After this he saw a hitchhiker at one point then up the road he saw him again but he did not know how he got there. Up the road, he stopped at a gas stop and asked the worker if he ever saw hitchhikers said hitchhikers we never see those around here.
An hour after hour went by and there he was he saw the man again on the side of the road. He went to a store even though it was closed and told him about the man and said he looked like the man was going to rob him but the man did not care one bit. He didn't see him again till late afternoon when he stopped at a sleepy little.
On the side of the road, Adams sees a pretty girl and offers to take her to Armillio Texas she says yes and hops in. Then Ronald sees the man again but the girl doesn't see the man he is talking about. He then sees him again and swerves off the road crashing into the barbed wire fence. The girl gets out and says shees leaving although the man offers to take her to California.
The girl runs off as if the guy is a monster. He stopped on the side off the road to get some rest in his car and there he was again. Wherever he stopped no matter where it was there the man was.
In Albuquerque, he saw the man again and he became scared and began to drive faster and faster not stopping unless he had to. Then in Gallup, New Mexico to call home. On the phone, he called his home to someone he didn't recognize answer saying that his mom was in the hospital because she had a nervous breakdown because her son Ronald had died.