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When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Gillard was living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community-- and launched Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. Hewitt's quest becomes a narrative that challenges everything we know about the meaning of money.