All-American Bestseller - In April 1992, a wealthy young man hitchhiked to Alaska and trekked alone through the wilderness north of Mount McKinley. Four months later, a moose hunter found his decomposing corpse. This is the haunting story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless died. It may be non-fiction, but Into the Wild is a mystery at its finest. --Entertainment Weekly McCandess donated his $25,000 life saving savings to charity, gave up his car and most of his belongings, burned all the money in his wallet, and started a new life.