Albert starts a new school and soon learns about the headmaster’s new monstrous marble crusher machine. Sid Creedy decides to have fun with the new boy, Albert. The trusting Albert believes his outrageous stories until the tale of the Marble Crusher reaches the Head Teacher.
Blodin the beast stalks the land, breathing fire and reducing villages to ruins. Who or what can end his tyranny? Only wise old Shanga, weaving his strange carpet, knows how to destroy the monster, but he is too old to cross the mountains that never end.