There once was a king, a really selfish, naughty king. Assured of his every wish by a magic stone he owned, he spent his days terrorizing his courtiers and indulging his every whim. But when the stone is lost, not only does his potency diminish, but finally even the nature of his desires is altered. Sick, hungry, and bewildered, it is only for a companion that he finally wishes. How the king finds a friend and is transformed into a good, old man is told delightfully here by Gwain Sexton whose delicate drawings match her refined and comical text.