Bob is a peasant lad in medieval times who goes to see a dragon that is terrorizing a nearby village. There he meets a young wizard named Stephen who joins with Bob to kill the dragon. Through a legal technicality, Bob is
cheated out of the rewards promised for success in killing the dragon. Thereafter, Bob sets out to kill more dragons in order to buy a horse and armor so that he might become a knight. During the course of events that follow, Bob meets and is befriended by Sir Wilfred, who invites Bob to spend the winter at his castle and receive training for the knighthood.
The next spring Bob is on his way to the castle of the king to petition for knighthood when he encounters a lady in distress, being held captive by four of the king's best knights. Bob rescues Lady Katherine and falls in love with her as they travel back to the castle of her father, a powerful duke in the northern part of their country. Then, Bob learns that Lady Katherine is betrothed to Sir Wilfred. Bob gets drawn into fighting a civil war to overthrow the evil king.
The ending portion of the novella revolves around the decisive battle between the army of the northern nobles and the army of the king for control of the kingdom and around resolving the romance between Bob and Lady Katherine.
This report prepared by Linda Gilleland