Tom (Martin Sheen, TV's "The West Wing") gets a phone call one day that his only son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez, "D3: The Mighty Ducks"), has died in Europe while starting his journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They hadn't been close since Daniel's mother died, but Tom is devastated nonetheless, and he flies to Spain to collect Daniel's body to bring it back to the U.S. After a policeman in Spain explains the significance of the Camino to Tom, however, and what the journey would have meant to Daniel, Tom decides to embark upon the journey himself. Along the way, he meets others making the pilgrimage as well, and he begins to connect to the world again.
The characters that Tom meets along the way were very memorable. There was Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger, "Silent Hill"), a Canadian who is walking the Camino in order to try to stop smoking; Jack (James Nesbitt, "Match Point"), a talkative Irish writer who has a bad case of "writer's block"; and Joost (Yorik van Wageningen, "The Chronicles of Riddick"), an overweight Dutchman with a pocketful of drugs from Amsterdam, who is trying to lose weight. Sheen ends up walking the Camino with these three, and along the way they end up learning each others' secrets and reasons for walking the Camino.
|Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez answer questions from|
the crowd at the Maple Art Theater in Bloomfield Hills on
July 21, 2010.