When Jacob's dad doesn't show up for his birthday it's pretty much the same old story as usual; the kind of story that can break a kid's heart. But in another land, faraway, there is a different story that is about to take hold of Jacob. In this place, at once so spectacular as it is dangerous, Jacob will find himself on a journey that will take him from the beautiful tower of the White City to the ghostly confines of Black King's castle. On his way, he will encounter talking animals, singing trees, a sharp tongued princess with a penchant for glaring, and many other trials and tribulations so adverse they could only happen in a child's imagination. Basically Jacob will have an adventure. And sometimes an adventure is all one actually needs to realize what there is that's right with the real world around them.