What happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing ? And what happens when, 11 years later, destiny brings the lovers together again ? Pilar is now an independent and strong young woman who has learnt to bury her feelings. She is studying at a small-town university when she receives an unexpected call from her old childhood sweetheart. He is now a handsome spiritual teacher - with a reputation for performing miracles - who has turned to religion as a refuge from his inner conflicts. Together they take a journey that is initially fraught with difficulty as blame and resentment resurface after years of being hidden. But by the " River Piedra ", in a small village in the French Pyrenees, they find a way to discuss many of life's big questions and re-evaluate their own special relationship. " By The River Piedra " is a wonderful novel, with a poetic and transcendent narrative, that reflects all the mysteries of love and life.