Hascia, a precocious biochemistry major (class of 1966), was newly engaged in New York City and bored out of her mind - until she met and fell in love with Barry, a transfixing salesman and unconventional entrepreneur. When his business fell apart, Barry approached Hascia with a crazy idea: Why didn't they try their hand at building a life in Europe, away from the oppressive bureaucracies of the city? So off to Berlin they went, where they set up a wildly successful company selling educational materials to schools. But that, too, fell apart thanks to a false accusation that they were dealing drugs. This time Hascia came up with the crazy idea that would take them to the drug dens of Morocco, to a remote Spanish prison, and on the adventure of a lifetime: If they were going to be treated like outlaws, why didn't they live like them, too?
James McGirk lives in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and has written for Time, Wired, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and many other publications. He has an MFA from Columbia University and teaches writing at Northeastern State University and the University of Tulsa.
Cover design by Adil Dara.