The island of Pingaree, in the Nonestic Ocean, is ruled by King Kitticut. While King Rinkitink, a merry fat man who rides a grumpy talking goat named Bilbil, is visiting from his kingdom on the mainland, the armies of the twin islands of Regos and Coregos invade, lay Pingaree to waste, and enslave everyone. Only Kitticut's son, Prince Inga, and Rinkitink and the goat, are left on the destroyed island kingdom. But Inga has his father's magic pearls -- the blue one that confers super strength, the pink one that protects its holder from all harm, and the talking white one that always speaks wisdom -- to aid him in his quest to free his parents and revive Pingaree. So he and the fat man on the goat go to Regos and Coregos to accomplish the job. Eventually, the despotic rulers of those islands spirit Inga's parents away and bribe the Nome King (Kaliko, now) to keep them prisoners under the mountains. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz eventually get involved. Baum originally drafted the tale of Rinkitink as a separate story in 1905, but after the collapse of his Hollywood silent-film venture, he adapted it into an Oz story. Even though almost none of it takes place in Oz, this 1916 book, the tenth, is one of his better narratives in the series.
This report prepared by David Loftus