From the back of the book
In the land of Ancient China, a young baby is found adrift on a river. Elder Homei of the Golden Temple takes pity on the infant. 16 years later, the baby had grown into a fine young man and helps to keep the Temple clean.
One day, the Lady Kannon appears to the youth in a dream. She tells him to go to Thunder Temple in India. Elder Homei gives the determined youth the name Sanzo, and sets him with his blessing on the road to India.
Soon after starting his journey, Sanzo arrives at Monkey Mountain where he helps the trapped Son Goku. At Lady Kannon's request, Goku joins Sanzo in his journey. It is a journey of over 3,000 miles, and hwo knows what awaits the two on their journey west.