Greg thought he had troubles on Earth. Soon he discovers himself in a world of magic and monsters, where everyone he meets expects him to rescue a princess from the dragon Ruuan. Of course, Greg can not battle a dragon-he would be lucky to win a fight against one of the smaller girls at school-but the thousands who have come to celebrate the start of his quest refuse to see the obvious. After all, no prophecy has ever been wrong before. Why, Greg wonders, does he have to be at the heart of the first one that is?