This modern fantasy explores the relationship between a now teenage Dorothy and her elderly Uncle Henry. Dorothy reluctantly accompanies her eccentric uncle on his life-long dream voyage to Australia. They argue during a violent storm and are both blown off the boat to Oz, a land where there is no time. Unwittingly, they activate Tic Toc and time begins in Oz. Their adventures lead them to Bill, a giant wisecracking chicken, the wacky Wheelers, the vain and vicious Langwidere and, finally, to the super strong, wonderfully wise Ozma. Ozma rescues Uncle Henry from the lapideous lair of the volcanic gnome king and teaches Dorothy to look beyond Uncle Henry’s outward signs of aging to recognize his true competence, energy and worth.