Lud was a prosperous, bustling little country port, situated at the confluence of two rivers: the Dapple and the Dawn. But the Dapple had its roots in the land of Faerie, beyond the Elfin Marches and the Debatable lands to the West, which was a great trial to Lud, a town that had long ago rejected any such fanciful nonsense as "fairies" and "elves" and the like.
But when a plague of faerie influences hits the town, steps must be taken. Fortunately for Lud its Major, Master Nathaniel Chanticleer, is a man with his head firmly in the clouds.
(Helen) Hope Mirrlees (1887-1978) was a British translator, poet and novelist. She is best known for the 1926 Lud-in-the-Mist, a fantasy novel and influential classic, and for Paris: A Poem, a modernist poem that critic Julia Briggs deemed "modernism's lost masterpiece, a work of extraordinary energy and intensity, scope and ambition."