This starts as a sort of waddle-to-the-sea, with Susy, a young Canada goose who is separated from her migrating flock by a broken wing, following the streams in an effort to make the trip alone. In Oregon she becomes an accidental stowaway in an apple truck bound for a Los Angeles fruit market; and though she doesn't make the movies she is taken up by an animal-loving middle-aged star named Robert Barnes. Here the viewpoint changes from Susy's (which wasn't very convincing anyway with all her speculation and decisions) to Barnes' successful battle against the local bureaucracy which seems programmed to give Susy to a zoo that will clip her now recovered wing. Barnes is helped by a lawyer, a judge, a vet, and the trucker who inadvertently brought her South, and each time a new human comes into the picture we get a recap of the whole story as he is briefed on Susy's situation. It does have the air of being based on fact--but only because there would seem to be no point in making it up.