Characters [live] in a fantasy world on board the wooden sailing ship the Dragonfly . Each character has an issue or question they need resolved in order to find true Stillness of Soul, the ultimate quest of every intelligent being. The characters have been to every wise elder of every race, undergone every usual trial, without success. Their last desperate hope is to seek out the mythical Trollcar somewhere across the sea a truly different audience from anything they've ever seen before to make their personal supplications and undergo a final test. Dangers abound on their journey, including the threat of being Abandoned by the gods as unworthy (and thus doomed) as well as threats from mysterious creatures and the sea itself.