this book is the 5th book in the series tales of the frog princess. it is actually a prequel to the series. it is about princess emma's aunt grassina, the green witch of greaters greensward. grassina's mother is turned into an ugly hag from a curse set on her family. she runs away to her favorite place, an un-princess like place, the swamp. there she meets a guy named haywood. he is a wizard in training. this book is full of magic, friendship, and bickering.