Why is it that we destroy the things we love most? This is the question Paulo Coelho, the author of "The Alchemist", faces in this story of his confrontation with his past. "The Valkyries" is a compelling account of his journey, as Paulo and his wife embark on a forty-day quest into the searing heat of the Mojave Desert, where they encounter the Valkyries, strange warrior women who travel the desert on motorcycles. This is not only a modern-day adventure, it is also an exploration of one man's battle with self-doubt and fear, as well as a true story of two people striving to understand one another through adversity. Ultimately, "The Valkyries" delivers a powerful message about forgiving our past and believing in our future.