SUMMARY: While making a drug deal, Oscar Zeta
Acosta is dosed with LSD; as the stewardess turns into a duck,
the man he's dealing with pulls a gun on him. Cut to
Hunter S. Thompson, who says he's started the story at the end.
There are all kinds of ways to tell a story: he could start with
Oscar's life at home with a henpecking wife. He could
introduce characters like Ralph Steadman who will be important
later in the story. He could have the villain, Richard
Nixon, spout exposition. And indeed, all this happens, in
brief. But ultimately, Thompson decides to go back to the
beginning and loop around, telling how he and Oscar set out on a
journey of discovery across America.