John Steinbeck's short story, "Flight," takes place in one of the locales common in his stories--the West Coast of California. The time of the story is uncertain: It could range anywhere from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century, though it is probably in the 1930s (since Steinbeck first published the story in 1938). The Torres farm is an isolated one on cliffs not far from the central coast, located 15 miles south of Monterey. During his flight, Pepe heads to the east, a wild area of forests that becomes mountainous. Steinbeck based the story on his own youth growing up in California's Salinas Valley.