When Esther, the wife of a famed author becomes a war correspondent, and disappears, along with her assistant, Mikhael, the author can only assume that the two are having an affair.
As hard as he tries to let her go, she has become his zahir, a thing that cannot be forgotten. The desire to find her intensifies, burning ever stronger, the harder he tries to forget her.
When Mikhael appears, bearing the news that Esther is in Kazakhistan, the author sets off on a quest, both spiritual and literal, to find her.
This book is very typical Coelho. It is obvious that he writes from deep within his soul, with great passion. Although I do find his brand of spirituality interesting, it is not for me. I prefer to read his work as more of a simple, basic quest. I can only take his work in small doses, but find him enjoyable enough to read if I'm in the mood.