This book reminds me an awful lot of Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson. The Alchemist is about a shepherd, Santiago, and his mission to fulfill his Personal Legend. He first learns of his Personal Legend through dreams about the Pyramids. He meets a gypsy woman, an old king, a crystal shop owner, his love, and the alchemist. Each help him on his journey to fulfill his Personal Legend. Bear in mind, though, Santiago is not sure what his Personal Legend is; all he knows is that he must achieve it. Coelho interweaves Biblical references and speaks about God and also New Age/Wiccan beliefs of sand, wind, sun, etc. Nevertheless, the one thing that the author wants the reader to take away at the end of this book is that it should not just be the treasure found (fulfilling your Personal Legend), but the journey to accomplish it is where you learn about yourself and the people that help you on your way.