The book is the story of the adventures and misadventures of one blind New Yorker and his two fearless guide dogs. In the narrative, guide dogs Hickory and Kemp recount what it was really like to find themselves thrust into the high flying New York arts scene.
Burlingame has served as designer for over 40 Broadway shows and worked extensively Off-Broadway, in opera and regional theater. In 1980, he was declared legally blind. Despite this setback, Burlingame continued his work in design, serving as head of the Department of Design for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts from 1971 until 1997.