A woman heard rumours of a tree whose leaves were a healing balm and whose fruits contained the secrets of heaven. Longing to eat the fruits, she visited Sabar, the village mystic, to ask if he knew more.
Sabar advised her to visit Arif the wise one. After months of travelling, she arrived at the mountain dwelling of Arif.
Arif merely told her to come closer to the secret, she'd have to seek the council of Hakim the Sage. Hakim sent her to Majzub the Mad, and Majzub sent her on to Alek the Scientist.
She continued her search for many years until, finally, in an orchard just a few minutes walk from her home village, she arrived at the tree she sought.
Standing beside the tree and watching for anyone who came to eat of its fruit was Sabar the mystic.
"Why didn't you tell me you were custodian of the tree?" the woman asked.
"You would not have believed me," Sabar replied. "And besides, the tree only bears fruit once every thirty years."