In the town of Hamelin, many of the kids and adults were no good. A bunch of rats raided the village. The town then hired a pied piper to come remove the rats, but when the village refused to pay, so he also played and took their children, all but Sam, who was teased and picked on. He was the only one who understood the Piper.
Seventeen-year-old Micah enters the wyrmeweald in order to steal a wyrme egg and make his fortune, but Micah soon finds himself in danger and must prove his worth, with help from a tracker named Eli and an assassin named Thrace.
Apprenticed to the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, a floating city of scholars, gossip, and treachery, fourteen-year-old Quint runs increasingly dangerous errands, which eventually bring him to a place of gruesome monsters that threaten his life and those of his friends.
Invites children to celebrate the sounds and versatility of language, presenting nonsense verses in the style of classic nursery rhymes designed to induce giggles and help children recognize their feelings.