What Is a Brief Summary of the Novel "The Alchemist"?

Paulo Coelho's 1988 novel "The Alchemist" tells the story of a shepherd boy who travels far from home seeking a mysterious treasure. A long journey and a series of adventures lead him back to the beginning of his own story, where an unexpected resolution to his quest waits.

"The Alchemist" follows the shepherd boy Santiago as he pursues a quest based on a recurring dream and a number of mysterious encounters that send him further along on his search for a great treasure. After a seemingly devastating realization, Santiago makes a thrilling discovery in a place he had never thought to look.