This book combines a mystical storytelling style with a series of messages that will always remain true. At first blush, the style could be considered very similar to Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven.' This similarity is quickly proven to be nothing more than an illusion, as the book takes on a very different character. Rather than a sort of paranormal tale filled with flashbacks, this story is very much a living, present day tale. The main character is told that he will receive tremendous wealth from a father he never knew, if only he visits ten people in the order that his father has chosen. Each person teaches the man a valuable lesson about life and causes him to take a long hard look at the life he has been leading. The ultimate testament to the success of the book isn't in the drama of the story, but in the sense of reflection it inspires in the reader. The 'secrets' are worth spending some time thinking about, no matter where you find yourself in life.