If a well-read, environmentally-conscious, and completely brilliant gorilla could talk to you, what would he say? Ishmael delves into our hypothetical with questions that subvert the underpinnings of traditional western culture. Why are we so separated from nature? Why do we push the planet to the brink of collapse just so half of us can starve? What are we going to do about the future? Why do I feel like I have to get out of this place, whatever that means? Our gorilla friend tells us that we've been tricked, hoodwinked by the men who took land as their own. He tells us the story of the takers versus the leavers, those who suck the land dry of its nutrients versus those who share the land with the rest of the world. It's the story of the American Indians, the Bushmen of Australia, the only remnants of men who played by the old rules. Can modern society learn from the past before it's too late? In addition to questions on topics from religion to agriculture, we are forced to question the very truth upon which our society is built; are we living the way we should? Ishmael argues that in light of wars, famines, depressions, suicides, rapes, addictions, and all the other evils modern man has bestowed upon the world that there is a better way to live. We need to stop lying to ourselves and tell Mother Culture to screw off, pardon my french. In a world of fast food and even faster living, Ishmael takes a much-needed pause and asks us, "why is it so?".