Everybody in the elves’ village was in a terrible state of worry and confusion, dashing hither and thither. And all because the King of the Elves had lost his crown. THEY - the people who live in the house - had been spring-cleaning, and had taken everything out of the china-cupboard where the elves’ village is. That, said the King, was when the crown was lost.
The kitchen is also the home of Fendire, the infra-red dragon; the deep-freeze trolls; the slimy kelpies in the dishwasher; Norn of the broom-cupboard; and the Vacuum Witch in the Utility Desert. All these provide dangerous adventures for Young Prince Coriander, who returns to hunt for the precious crown.