When the Tiny Kingdom's celebration of one hundred years of peace is interrupted by the report of approaching warships, the wits of its ruler Princess Mat Mat and the wisdom of her astrologer more than compensate for the absence of weapons. As the invading admiral realizes later, ""These devilish fisherfolk had used the tide against him. They had put in poles (that is, hammered sharpened tree trunks into the harbor bed) at low tide. He had come in with his ships at high tide. Then when the tide went out, he (i.e., his fleet) was left stuck up on the poles."" But when the Princess' advisors speak of beheading the admiral she reminds them that ""revenge is not our way"" and sends the would-be conquerors home on water buffalo with guides and provisions. Suggested by a 13th century incident involving Vietnam and the Imperial Navy of Kublai Khan, the neatly pointed fable is graced with touches of humor and accented with Tony Chen's quietly ornamental black and white drawings.