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The Hermit of Carmel

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Overwhelmed by personal loss, Robert Das abandons his home and career, and embarks on a personal journey to escape his grief. Das travels to a place he knew in happier times - the theatrically beautiful Monterey Peninsula. A chance turn finds him deep in the Del Monte Forest, where one night's sleep in his car turns into an improvised plan to live illegally and covertly – a voluntary hermit – squatting within the forest fringes of an enclave comprised of expensive homes and some of the finest golf courses in California.

Eventually, boredom motivates Robert to explore the exclusive links that encircle the woods, and he elusively steals play-time — gaining him notoriety as the hermit-golfer. He attracts the attention of the local police, golf course security and residents of Carmel, some of whom regard him with disdain and suspicion. While dodging notice and stealing materials to craft his makeshift home, Robert re-discovers his passion for golf, and life.

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