This holds a variety of chuckles. Loquid the Sea Serpent takes a day off from his job of scaring sailors away from the earth's edge. During a pleasant swim he literally bumps into despondent young Quist, page to Prince Gillian of Ilfinore. Quist unburdens himself to his new acquaintance over lunch. It seems that Prince Gillian, a frustrated artist, has been given his last chance to earn kinghthood. Failure means exile. Quist relates the series of mishaps and misdemeanors that led to this ultimatum: Gillian lacks interest in knightly deeds -- he would rather gather seashells, bird-watch, woo a muse and above all paint (which is indeed heart-breaking since the tidy housekeeper keeps washing off the canvas). Apprenticed to the local magician in the last hope that he will eventually perform some ""community service type of miracle,"" his tenure turns out to be another princely failure. Loquid offers a sea-worthy solution to this dilemma which will keep the laughter going until the end. An amusing muse must have a perch on Miss Palmer's shoulder.