Santiago is a boy from Andalusia, Spain. He is a shepard, but his parents wanted him to become a priest. He has always wanted to travel to see how other people live.
Santiago has been having the same dream for weeks. It was telling him to go to the Egyptian Pyramids to find a treasure. He does not know if there is actually a treasure, but he wants to find out. He feels as if it was destiny.
Santiago made excuses as to why he could not go on the journey. He said, "My sheep will be too lonely without me." But in reality, he is too scared to be alone because he has never been on his own.