Grundy Golemn is small in stature and tired of being ignored. What he needs is a quest and the chance to become a "larger than life" hero. And the perfect opportunity comes along when Princess Ivy's pet dragon Stanley Steamer disappears.
Like any sensible hero, Grundy wants all the help he can get, so he seeks the advice of the Good Magician Humfrey, who tells him that he must ride the Monster Under the Bed to the Ivory Tower. Since all little girls have monsters living under their beds, Grundy simply recruits Princess Ivy's own monster, Snortimer. But since light is fatal to Snortimer, the bed must go too, and so must someone to carry the bed. Grundy's rescue party rapidly grows until, finally, all are gathered and ready to set out. The only trouble is, no one knows where to find the Ivory Tower.
What follows is an incredible, imaginative romp that takes Grundy and his comrades from the Gap Dragoness to an encounter with the Sea Hag, and a series of daring rescues beyond Grundy's most heroic dreams.
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born 1934) is an English American author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has claimed that one of his greatest achievements has been to publish a book for every letter of the alphabet, from Anthonology to Zombie Lover.