47 Houses on the Long Journey Home tells the story of Lenore and Gordon De Pree, two young Americans raised in the Midwest with a wanderlust that leads them to live most of their lives abroad. They begin their journey in a small Michigan town, but soon move on to a remote corner of New Mexico. With their first two babies (twins) in diapers, they leave New Mexico for the bustling city of Hong Kong, where their youngest children are born. Their travels bring them to Manhattan, to the deserts of Saudi Arabia, and finally to the mountains of North Carolina. Along the way, they explore the art, culture, languages, and religions of the Far East and Middle East and learn more about themselves and their own beliefs.
The De Prees always plan to come back to a little town in the US, someday. After twenty years in Hong Kong and ten years in the Middle East, they finally make it. On a chance trip to the mountains of North Carolina they fall in love with a big blue mountain, a creek, and a whole community of artists, singers and warm-hearted people.
And together they build house number 47, which finally becomes home.