Fourteen-year-old Ahmed fully realizes the prestige attached to his father's position as gardener in seventeenth century Persia. But for him, the dream of being a charioteer, supersedes any reward that his father's heritage offers, any incentive of riches or respect. When he is commissioned by his father to deliver a new herb to court, he does not anticipate the danger to which he will be exposed, nor the strain this mission will impose on his friendship with a young donkey driver. A golden wheel, the present of a charioteer, sustains him through his trials and when it is lost, his entire future seems to crumble. But intelligence and courage deliver him from his ordeal and establish, once and for all, that he is worthy to drive the royal chariots. An average adventure in an elaborate Persian costume.