Elisha Davidson is an almost-eleven-year-old student at the North Temple Mount Academy in the Old City of Jerusalem. The son of an American oleh (immigrant), he studies mysticism in an almost magical way. The book is based on ancient mystical teachings researched in depth by Attar. The main school mystic, whose background is in physics from Cambridge, has taken ill and lost his memory. Elisha’s grandfather, who passes away towards the beginning of the book, has left a legacy of mystical thought and magical practice that Elisha is left to unravel — first by himself, and then with the help of an unlikely pure kohen and a well-known mekubal, or mystic. Although the content may be difficult to follow at times due to the mysticism and formulas, the book draws the reader in and makes it difficult to leave the story in the middle. The book leaves many of the stories open in preparation for the next two books in the trilogy.
As many of the concepts are difficult, and there are some scenes that may prove disturbing to younger children, this book is recommended for ages 12 and above.