'Holy horseshoes!' he muttered, and tried to sit up. 'How long have I been lying here?' Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. One day, whil immersed in the pages of an old book, he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian and so begins a dazzling, magical adventure.