To The Ocean Vilpo Bragg is a Northern veteran of Gettysburg and other battles in the War Between the States. Since the war he has done some things he cannot quite explain. A skilled distiller, he crafts his own snake oil and sells it out of the back of a wagon.
Seeking his destiny in Northern California he encounters Native Americans, hoodlums, farmers, friendly women, the newly established gentry, and all the characters of the time.
To The Ocean is followed by Over Easy. In this novella a descendant of Vilpo's builds Victory ships in Sausalito.