Helena and her family are circus performers, but all she really wants is REAL LIFE. One day she tells her mom this in an argument and the suddenly her mom falls ill. She has to have an operation on her brain to remove the tumors. On the night of the operation Helena falls asleep and dreams she is in another world. In this world, she and her companion Valentine must save the world from darkness and wake the white queen. This is a bizarre little book though wonderfully drawn. The illustrations really enhance the text in telling the story. Because the story takes place in a dream world, you can’t always trust what is going on. Like all dreams the story takes bizarre turns and doesn’t always make sense. But it is interesting and memorable and entertaining.