If you have ever felt left behind, out-of-step or just plain bewildered by the stampeding madness of the herd-like behavior of modern society, come along with Scott B. Williams on an irreverent and humorous examination of the materialism, technology and regulations that pervade contemporary American life. Williams shares his perspective as one who has long lived on the fringes of the mainstream. Just as Henry David Thoreau went to Walden Pond in 1845 to seek simplicity and separation from his peers in nature, Williams chose to go astray by paddling a 17-foot sea kayak to the Caribbean. Astray of the Herd is a collection of observations resulting from his life on "island time" with little money, no job and boundless freedom to ponder the deeper questions of life. Read this book for a laugh, give it to your stressed-out friends, or get inspired to do some straying of your own.