Tibet in the 13th century. The so-called “Land of Snow,” beacon of eastern Buddhism, is under the authority of the Mongol Empire, whose domains extend throughout most of the known world.

      In this context, the death of the leader of the main Buddhist school urges his followers to begin the search for his reincarnation: a boy who as yet knows nothing of the wisdom within him and the role destiny has in store for his people’s future.

      Meanwhile, a humble peasant family, threatened by the assault of the Mongol army, is forced to leave their home village and set out on a journey with consequences none of them can foresee.

     A vibrant and moving novel which takes the reader into an environment of legend where the faith of the people and the bleakness of the landscape blend to form a living unity.


José Vicente Alfaro (Spain 1976) is now one of the most widely read independent authors in Spanish. His work has been translated into several languages (English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), and is also available as an audio book. In his novels José Vicente sets out to tell entertaining stories, while at the same time offering the reader the chance to travel to a key moment of another civilization or culture, perhaps one previously unknown to them.