Not for those who like a simple and obvious plot, the story is billiantly convoluted with wonderful characterisation and a mix of innocent and knowing humour.
The story starts with the children in the little village all falling deathly ill, and a desparate search to find the cause and cure. With wonderful scams and fantastic escapes our odd heros, wily old Likao (who has a slight flaw in his character) and his giant, but innocent stooge, Number 10 Ox, journey across the land and into dreadful perils to find the cure.
Can they save the sleeping children? Of course; but not without danger, hilarity,and fantastic challenges. For the intellectual who is in touch with their inner child.