When college freshman Grey Murphy buys a computer program guaranteed to improve his life, it introduces him to Ivy, the lovely girl across the hall... whose only fault is her insistence that she comes from a magical land called Xanth. But before long – through the interference of the computer program, which is actually an extension of the evil machine Com Pewter – Grey finds out his attractive neighbor is telling the truth.
Ivy is determined to return home to continue the search for the long-missing Good Magician Humfrey, and Grey agrees to help her. However, justifiably disoriented in a place he can scarcely believe in, enamored of a sorcerous Princess yet unwilling to believe magic is real, Grey could very well become Com Pewter's tool in its bid to attain absolute power.
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.