Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil
Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to
serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and
factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and
music. For the Wonderling, an innocent hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with
only a number rather than a proper name – a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck –
it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the
loyalty of a young bird Groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest
inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good king in the old stories.
– And a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and
embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down
the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.