he novel unravels Athena's mysterious beginnings, via an orphanage in Romania, to a childhood in Beirut. When war breaks out, her adoptive family move with her to London, where a dramatic turn of events occurs...Athena, who has been dubbed 'the Witch of Portobello' for her seeming powers of prophecy, disappears dramatically, leaving those who knew her to solve the mystery of her life and abrupt departure.
I had to read this novel twice, cause it's kinda confusing and you really need to think deeper and outside the box for you to appreciate it. The message of the story is that "collective madness is sanity", and I think one of Coelho's best books. (2nd book of the On the Seventh Day trilogy)