The Lord of Laughter, the Monarch of Mirth - if only the bumbling 17-year-old Sebastian Darke could be a successful jester like his father. The problem is Sebastian's not funny. But after his father's death, with no choice but to beg in the streets, the half-human, half-elf teen sets off with Max, his father's slightly cynical Buffalope, to offer his services as a jester to King Septimus of Keladon.
On the way, they meet Captain Cornelius Drummel, small in stature, but the fiercest of fighters. The three rescue the fair princess Kerin, who's being held captive by brigands. If only Sebastian knew the kidnapping was engineered by the evil King Septimus!