Brian Weaver, an online data marketing assistant (even he doesn't know what that is) finds himself abruptly transported to a parallel world. Fortunately, there's a pub. There he meets the owner, Herman (a former warrior) plus a handful of regulars: Barbara (a hopeless soothsayer), Steg (an armchair revolutionary) and Howell (a brain-fried Wizard).
Brian is desperate to get home, and his new acquaintances are no help at all. Instead he finds himself being sucked into a world he doesn't understand, full of psychopathic Fairies, Shell Men, seductive Demi-Fins, vicious Throcks and the frighteningly unpredictable side-effects of Howell's magical powers. It's even worse than being an online data marketing assistant.
Trapped in a parallel universe, office temp Brian Weaver has been locked up and charged with triggering the Snail Wars.
Keen to protect himself from further harm, Brian takes a crash course in magic from Howell.
Looking to make new friends, Brian heads to a trendy - but exclusive - new bar that's opened by Munty docks.
It's Munty's famous Pear Fair and Herman's favourite time of year. Who knows, The Jug and The Other Jug might even attract some new customers.
Desperate to reach the City of a Thousand Towers before the Super Solstice, Brian ingratiates himself with a group of travelling Players, in town to stage the annual Munty Play.