Little Rob J. Cole’s life changes the day he becomes an orphan and discovers he has an unusual gift in his hands. After being adopted as an apprentice by a barber surgeon, he decides to start a journey that will take him to faraway Persia to become a doctor, a journey in which he will meet Mary, who will mark his future. But nothing will be easy for Rob in Ispahan, neither posing as a Jew to be allowed to study, nor his relationship with the Shah, who becomes infatuated with his friendship. He soon becomes a gifted student of Avicenna, but a plague, war and a despot king will test Rob’s life. Only friendship, his vocation and love will push him to survive.