the Nonestic Ocean with Samuel Salt, Captain of the magical
"Crescent Moon" (first introduced in Pirates
in Oz). Once a pirate and now the irrepressible royal
explorer of Oz, in this nautical tale, Captain Salt and his
crew make a number of exciting discoveries lands claimed
in the name of Ozma for the Kingdom of Oz.
addition to Ato - eighth king of the Octagon Isles (who enjoys
six-month tours aboard the "Crescent Moon" as cook!)
and Roger the Royal Read Bird (who you may remember as a good-natured,
good-hearted, well-meaning companion unless you really
don't feel like being read to!), Captain Salt is joined by
Tazander "Tandy" Tazah (the wimpy and whiney boy
king of Ozamaland, who comes of age by the end of this tale)
and Nikobo, Little Daughter of the Biggenlittle River People
(otherwise known as a warm-hearted hippopotamus).
the request of Didjaboo one of the nine royal judges
of Ozamaland (located on the long continent of Tarara) - young
Tandy is removed by the wicked wizard Boglodore. He is deposited
on Patripanny Island in the Nonestic Ocean and left to the
mercies of the Leopard Men. On the island, Tandy befriends
Nikobo and it is here that they are discovered and rescued
by Captain Salt.
Salt eventually discovers Ozamaland, a fabled country of flying
reptiles, elephants, camels, and a famous White City. The
evil Ozamandarins who stole Tandy's throne are brought to
justice and Tandy leaves his good friend Chunum the
aged sheik of the White City of Om - to rule his country while
he completes his royal education as cabin boy of the "Crescent
travelogue tale also weighs anchor on a host of other places
including the island of Peakenspire (where our seafarers encounter
Alberif, Prince of the Peaks and his yodeling islanders),
an explosive bit of volcanic land called Lavaland (where they
are joined by the cute salamander, Sally who loves
nothing better than snuggling up for a nice nap in the hot
bowl of King Ato's pipe), and the sea-forest (where they encounter
Mo-fi a curious half-monkey and half-fish creature).
Captain Salt in Oz is the only title of the Famous Forty Oz
canon that omits even a token visit to the Emerald City or
the Land of Oz.