Mr. Vane owns a library that seems to be haunted by the former librarian, who looks much like a raven from the brief glimpses he catches of the wraith. Vane follows Raven to the "the region of... More > the seven dimensions".
Inside the world, Vane learns of a house of beds where the dreamers sleep until the end of the world in death: a good death, in which life is found.
After a treacherous journey through a valley, Mr. Vane meets the Little Ones, children who never grow up, only get bigger and dumber, turning into "bags" or bad giants. After conversing with Lona, the eldest of the children, Mr. Vane decides to help them, and sets off to gather more information, although the Raven (who is also Adam) has warned Mr. Vane that he needs to sleep with the dreamers before he can really help them.
While on his journey, he meets Lilith, the princess of Bulika. Vane, although nearly blinded by Lilith's beauty and charms, eventually leads the Little Ones in a battle against Bulika.< Less