The Quest is the story about a young boy’s dream of someday returning to his family’s
home on the island of Crete. Pericles grew up listening to his grandfather tell stories of
the Greek myths and life in the family’s former home. His family had come to live in
Romania before Pericles was born but he is determined that someday he will go back to
By the time Pericles is old enough to embark on his quest, Romania is in Communist
hands and it is impossible to leave the country. Determined, Pericles travels on foot, alone
through the mountains. Eventually he arrives in Greece, but life there isn’t what he
expected. The country is under a dictatorship. The people of Greece are impoverished
and disillusioned. Pericles makes his way by boat to Crete, but life there isn’t as carefree
as his grandfather had described. The people are suspicious and wary of strangers. What
is most surprising is the shocking revelation that he learns about his grandfather.
Disappointed but undeterred, Pericles leaves Crete, setting off on a new quest to make a
better life for himself.
Today, the stories of refugees crossing borders in search of a better, safer life make
Pericles’ quest all too familiar.