This is a fictional story based on an exiled daughter Mitra, who is disguised as a boy with her younger brother Babak. They are both from Royal blood from Persia. In order to survive the brother & sister, they both become beggars.
This is an interesting novel about a brother, and sister trying desperately to rejoin what is left of their family in a city called Palmyra. Unfortunately, in a way, Babak the brother , has a very unusual gift. If he sleeps with an item belonging to someone, he can interpret the person's dreams. This dream teller is found out by an evil Magus, who reads the stars, and finds out a new king, is coming.
Soon Mitra, and Babak find themselves on the road to Bethlehem, which is nowhere near the city called Palmyra. They cross the dessert, which is stifling hot, and do not eat much. The author of the book, and sister actually took an adventure trip where the story of the book occurs.
I enjoyed the book with all the adventures, and experiences. The book is worthwhile to read.