Peggy lies to her boyfriend and says she would love to join him in the Peace Corps. They marry, and soon their situation seems like a recipe for disaster. Overwhelmed by depression, culture shock, and homesickness, Peggy is torn between her love for her husband and her longing to leave training and return home. Chances are the marriage will not survive her unhappiness and his determination to remain in Brazil at all costs. What happens next surprises both of them, as they brave physical and emotional challenges in the process of becoming successful volunteers. Along the way, they make friends and experience situations that will resonate with them for the rest of their lives. Full of vivid character sketches and powerful images, The Reluctant Volunteer is ultimately a story of personal growth and the power of love.