Casey is a disheartened 30-something, struggling to find herself in the shadow of an unhealthy relationship with She Who Must Not Be Named.
Danny is a long-time lad, terrified of commitment and prone to making a run for it when responsibility calls.
Ari is the 12-year-old son of absent father Danny – and a good example of said responsibility.
Alice is a bright pink 1970s ice cream van recently converted to a mobile home for three disaffected travellers seeking to find themselves in a spur of the moment six-week journey across Europe and Asia.
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 schoolfriend, 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 travelling 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.