After being tricked into moving to Geneva with the promise of being a dancer, Maria finds herelf working the streets as a prostitute for a year. During this time she develops a fascination for sex. This fascination becomes a passion for her work, a desire to make people happy and enjoy sex. But behind the dedication to her work is a deep aversion to the idea of falling in love. That is until she meets a painter who she is able to love, and make her dreams come true. Paulo Coehlo explores the themes of sex and love in his new novel.