This volume in ‘The Annals of Santopia” tells of the perilous journey endured by Taraxa and Inula after the Pirandelves swept them into the freezing waters below Frozen Lake. Taraxa convinces the Gelf commander, Spicata, to rescue them by helping them to escape to Santopolis. Turis, one of the Cretins under water in service to the Pirandelves, is a cousin of Spicata’s, and is convinced to take them as far the Volcanic Palace, knowing the White Sage will get them the rest of the way. Turis can help them no more than that, however, because he fears the wrath of Gelagoo, master of the Pirandelves.