is Peter's first visit to Oz Peter being a small boy
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA (Ms Thompson's hometown)
and he manages to make it an exciting one.
by a balloon bird over the Nonestic Ocean, Peter lets go of
the bird's legs, rather than become an "airrend"
boy to Queen Luna from Sandaroo. Peter lands near Runaway
Island, home of Ruggedo - the former Gnome King. When a sea
quake turns the sea upside down (revealing the bottom), the
two team-up and try to make their way to the Land of Ev. They
climb into an exposed pirate shipwreck to search for treasure
and in minutes, the sea rights itself again and they now float
to Ev were Peter is soon caught up in yet another of Ruggedo's
periodic attempts to conquer Oz.
this is happening, the Quilties of Patch have kidnapped Scraps
[first introduced in The Patchwork Girl of Oz] and Ripper
the Scissor Bird is trying to force her to be their Queen.
After escaping, Peter and Scraps meet for a breathless series
of adventures. Their quest takes them through strange new
lands in Oz and encounters with unusual inhabitants, including
Ozwold the Ostrich, Wumbo the Wonder Worker and his son, Kuma
Party who aid them with magical powers.
arrives in the Emerald City just in time to save the city
from Ruggedo - thanks to Peter's baseball pitching skills.
Ozma offers to make him a prince in Oz, but Peter would prefer
to pursue his dreams on the (baseball) pitcher's mound back
home in Philadelphia.