The Alchemist is a 17th century play that satirizes social classes, depicting human folly, greed and opportunism of others' gullibility and irrational desires. The play centers around the butler Jeremy, whom the gentleman Lovewit leaves in charge of his house as he leaves to avoid the plague. With the help of Subtle and the prostitute Doll Common, he begins to draw naive customers to the house to con them. Eventually Lovewit returns, Jeremy is caught and he offers his boss the marriage of a widow as compensation.
The Alchemist is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy born in Andalusia. Santiago experiences prophetic dreams that lead him to seek treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. Along the way he meets an Englishman seeking an Alchemist and learns about the idea of a Personal Legend, a conceptualization of individual destiny and the caring nature of God. Santiago meets the immortal alchemist, falls in love with a girl named Fatima, and learns to believe in his own destiny.