complete newbie

Without a doubt, start with this book (you can get the pdf, or paper,
or both):

http://pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/rails2/index.html

I also found this book really good:

http://www.amazon.com/Ruby-Rails-Techniques-Developers/dp/1932394699/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2720261-0312701?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173401673&sr=8-1

Jeff
softiesonrails.com

Yes, I agree with Jeff. The bible absoultly is AWDwR, 2n Ed. [1] But
if you want to know what goes under the hood, try to learn Ruby
completely.

Ruby for Rails [2] is a *great* book, and Ruby Programming [3] is a must read.

[1] http://pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/rails2/index.html
[2] http://www.manning.com/black/
[3] http://pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/ruby/index.html