Ted Stone is your typical, hard working dad dedicated family man with a plan for the future. But on a day where he expects to reach for the next rung of the ladder, get a raise he’s long anticipated, all goes terribly wrong, “according to the plan.” Not only does he not get the raise, or the next rung on the ladder, he gets fired! He’s become obsolete.
Lost and unable to tell his family, he retreats to the living room of his house and reflects on his past… where he comes across a photo of him and his parents when he was only eight, just before he lost them in an accident. As he sets down the photo he feels something stuffed behind the frame; a road map. He pulls it out and studies it, the markings on it and can’t help but notice that there’s a giant “X” at the end of the journey.
“Road Trip,” he announces to his family the next morning as he uncovers a never used RV he purchased several years ago. He explains that he’s not sure why, nor can he quite remember the road trip with his folks, but something in the discovery of the map has convinced him that this is a trip they all must make, together. Ted, grudgingly, is able to convince the kids and nudge his wife Jaynie to “go with it,” using the treasure at the end of the journey as incentive.
They make the long drive and then head deep into the, sweltering California desert, where from the outset, enough wrong turns and strange characters including a crazy family who have taken over a deserted Ghost Town, and a strange father and son who have focused their sights on the family – and their treasure - should have convinced the Stones to turn around back at mile one. But they don’t, and on the road to their buried treasure, they have to escape numerous, humorous attempts to side track them, and reconcile what it means to be a family… to persevere, trust, and work together to achieve their goal… and find the treasure.