From the heart of the labyrinth, the Pontifex rules the giant and magnificent world of Majipoor by telepathic command and by the terror sent by the King of Dreams. High above on Castle Mount, his adopted son the Coronal lives in state, holder of the Starburst Crown. When a conspiracy overthrows the legitimate Coronal and replaces him with an imposter, the treason is concealed by sorcery . . . until a dream reveals it to Valentine, a travelling juggler.
Valentine cares nothing for princes. But when the time comes for the guardians of the dreams to rise up, Valentine must answer to them.