The Bus Ride, set in 1957, is the story of Karen, a sixteen-year-old girl being sent across the state on a bus to a home for unwed mothers. She is unaware that an illegal abortion has been arranged shortly after her arrival at the home. When her seventeen-year-old boyfriend, Peter, discovers this evil plan created by his parents and Karen s grandmother, he begins to chase the bus to save their child. His well-to-do parents realize what Peter is doing and begin chasing him to stop him from making a horrible mistake of marrying this girl from the wrong side of the tracks. As Karen travels on the backroads bus, her quite spirituality touches the other passengers, bringing hope back into their lives. On his own for the first time in his life, Peter encounters many interesting people while hitchhiking after his love. "