After global desaster, Marlina receives a text. “Don’t use drugs, don’t use weapons, don’t steal. BolivarJ xxx.“ Marlina doesn’t know anyone with the name Bolivar, so what’s with the smiley face and the kisses? When Marlina, bereaved and traumatised, picks up this message from another survivor, the temptation to find out who else is still alive becomes irresistible. So she changes into hiking boots and marches south to the Rain Forest, knowing that she won’t have enough sense of direction to find her way back. What follows is scarier and more life-affirming than everyone experiences as a backpacker.