When Canadian writer and lawyer Julie Kirkpatrick decided to walk the ancient pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago in the summer of 2009 she was not looking for a life-changing experience. It was to be a holiday in the fresh air, a break from the hectic routine of her law practice and its endless to-do lists, and a chance to catch up with her teenage daughter. Thinking that it would help to pass the time she asked 26 friends to set tasks for her - one task for each of the 26 days of the walk. At the end of each day she would write a letter to the day's taskmaster. But the tasks came as unexpected gifts, full of meaning and love, and what began as a light-hearted diversion soon became a journey into the labyrinth of her life.