Terry and Monica Darlington, both pensioners, decided to take their narrowboat Phyllis May across the English Channel and through Belgium and France to the Mediterranean, with their whippet Jim. They took advice from experts, who told them they would lose their boat, their lives - and their whippet Jim. Undeterred, this is their story - a true, high adventure of two innocents and a reluctant dog. They chase rabbits in Oxfordshire, dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, experience the history of Flanders, drift across Champagne and are swept from Lyon to Avignon by the terrible Rh(ne. Storms, hangovers, breakdowns, vandals, trolls, aliens, killer fish and the walking dead stand between the intrepid crew and their goal - many-towered Carcassonne.