In a trance-like state, Albert walks Â from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia Â all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images. Loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. AndrÃ© in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century, The Man Who WalkedAway imagines Albert's wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain.