In his most autobiographical novel, Paulo Coelho brings to life the transformative and pacifist dream of the hippie generation of the early 1970s. Paulo is a young man with long hair who wishes to become a writer. Fleeing the Brazilian military dictatorship, he went around the world in search of freedom and spirituality. In Amsterdam, he meets Karla, a young Dutch woman who was just waiting for him to fly to the new flagship destination of the hippie movement, Nepal, aboard the famous Magic Bus. This crossing of Europe will be the start of an extraordinary love story and a quest for inner truths which will lead them and their traveling companions to adopt a new outlook on the world.