Johnny's Trail of Tears is a coming-of-age story unfolding along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. In the manner of magical realism, Johnny sets out in 1948 from southern Illinois and is guided along his journey by Indian Sentinels and Jewish Mystics. After staying with Sequoyah in Fort Payne he is ready to begin the quest on his restored motorcycle, an Indian Pony. He leaves for New Echota, one of the nation’s most significant Cherokee sites where the tragic trail began, and travels along the northern route of the forced march. His last stop is in Springfield, Missouri, the site of a lynching in 1906 that took three innocent African-American lives. He carries memories of their pain and suffering to the bluffs above the Illinois River overlooking Tahlequah, Oklahoma – the end of the Trail.