Santiago wants to pursue his dreams of traveling and seeing new places. He was raised to become a priest and was blessed with a good education. Santiago feels that he has not been living the life that he was born to live so he decides to become a shepherd.
For the past couple of nights, Santiago has been haunted by a dream that will not expose him to the treasure at the end. He decides that he wants to go to a gypsy to find some answers.
Call to Adventure
The Gypsy tells Santiago about the Egyptian pyramids in his dream and that the treasure lies there. Santiago doesn't know if she is telling the truth, or if there is even a treasure at the pyramids.
Refusal of the Call
Melchizedek teaches Santiago about Personal Legends which will help him on his journey to find the treasure. He gives Santiago a gift of Urim and Thummim. They are black and white stones, black signifies "yes" and white "no". Whenever Santiago is unable to read the omens, they will help him do so.
Meeting the Mentor
In order for Santiago to find his Personal Legend, he has to journey past the Gibar desert towards Africa.
Crossing the Threshold
The hero leaves his ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into an adventure. Santiago the hero learns the rules of the world.
Test Allies, and Enimies
When Santiago is trying to earn back the money that he lost, he starts working for a crystal merchant. When he joins a caravan, he realizes that he just needs to keep going in order to fulfill his journey. Santiago approaches this by making sure that he is watching himself at all times, and that he doesnt make the same mistakes he does before.
Approach the Inmost Cave
A small group of outsiders invade the oasis, making Santiago uncomfortable and afraid. He had the slightest instinct that they would invade. He tasted death when he was presented with the bet to either die or get paid.
For every ten people who died during the confrontation, Santiago got rewarded fifty gold coins. Fortunately, there were only ten people who died, so Santiago still got paid. Santiago, the hero, enjoys his reward of having confronted fear and death.
After Santiago's long journey to find his treasure, he recommits to completing his journey and finds his way back to his home.