The novel Siddhartha is about the lifelong search for enlightenment by a man named Siddhartha. He lives in ancient India, before the birth of Christ and during the life of the Gautam Buddha. As a young man, he leaves his father’s Brahmin monastery to seek self-discovery with a sect of priests. On his journey, he encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life’s vital passages–love, work, friendship, and fatherhood–he discovers that true knowledge is guided from within.