Anthony Ryan, a young man still…yet approaching middle age, is by most accounts a relatively successful businessman. His profession has taken him all over the world, has exposed him to many different people and places…allowed growth in him that not even he is aware. He is unfulfilled, however, with a dream never realized…a passion never expressed.
The story takes place in 2003, yet it began ten years earlier. While checking out of his hotel one morning in Paris at the end of a business trip…he had occasion to take special notice of the young desk clerk while settling his account. He was feeling pretty good that morning for several reasons and this young lady, Saniya, became a part of his special feeling. He knew that he would remember her and that pleasant moment forever.
A decade later, this same girl turns up as the victim in a novel written by his best friend…a friend who had worked with him during that time in Paris, a friend of his, since childhood. This begins a search for Saniya that takes Anthony from Paris, to London, to Budapest, and to Penang, Malaysia. Along the way, he makes some new friends, reacquaints himself with some old ones… we gain insight into who he is and how he sees the world. So does he. Finally, back home in Chicago, he finds his answer…recognizes his passion and begins to live his dream.