I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads contest. I really didn't know what to think when I first opened this book. It is about a young boy named David who arrives in Spain, having lost track of his mother on a boat and being looked after by a man named Simon. Simon takes him in and adopts him as his own son while trying to find David's mother. There are a LOT of literary references here, including Voltaire, Harry Potter, but most of all the New Testament of the Bible. There is a famous quote by someone about books being a very unique form of magic. This is one of those books, for pretty soon you start noticing all of the Bible references and you stop thinking of the child as David but more of Jesus. There are so many references to Jesus...some on nearly every page. Some people have reviewed this book and given it only one star, claiming that Bible allusions are far and few between; I say that those people were not paying attention or maybe have not read enough of the Bible. This is a very well-written book and I heartily recommend it.