This book aims to tell the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling an array of information into these two realized characters, the author tries to illustrate another understanding of human nature. According the book, a scientific revolution has occurred - people have learned more about the human brain in the last thirty years than in the previous three thousand. The unconscious mind, it turns out, is most of the mind - not a dark, vestigial place but a creative and enchanted one, where most of the brain’s work gets done.