Dorothy was shaken awake by her bed, which insisted she get up as it had a lecture to get to. With Sir Hokus and the Lion she breakfasted with King Fix Sit, whom they asked to direct them out of Fix City. In his usual brusque manner, Fix Sit told them to buy a piece of road.
The travelers made their way to where their path was interrupted by a chasm. An unusually amiable Fix occupying a nearby circle with a sign saying “ROAD SHOP” sold them a five-mile, tree-lined road with, as Dorothy requested, some water at the end.
The road was not at all smooth and sped them roughly along, finally dropping them into water. At its edge they met the brothers Mem (who was manic about schedules) and Randum (who was impulsive), sort of an Ozite Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
And for pulling Sir Hokus out of the water, that personage declared the Cowardly Lion a Knight!
Meanwhile, the Scarecrow was meeting the three sons and fifteen grandsons of Chang Wang Woe. Like most things about the Silver Island, this proved disappointing to the Scarecrow, for his sons were cold and formal, while the equally humorless grandsons refused to believe that there was such a place as Oz.
Later, in the garden, the Scarecrow and Tappy overheard the three princes plotting behind a hedge. Too Fang, the eldest, wanted to succeed his father, but needed to figure out a way to get rid of him.
So, while the treacherous princes fawned over their suddenly beloved papa, the elderly Grand Gheewizard, who lived in a cave with a dragon, concocted a potion to help them in their scheme.
Too Fang announced to a great gathering that his father, a day away from his eighty-fifth birthday, will be restored, thanks to the Gheewizard, to his human self and wed the seventy-five year-old Princess Orange Blossom.
In the night, the Scarecrow attempted to escape up the pole, but he and Tappy were captured and tied to it.
To Dorothy’s great dismay, the trio discovered that they had been traveling the wrong way when they reached the Deadly Desert. As they doubled back, they met two beasts who had been blown into Oz by a sandstorm: the optimistic Comfortable Camel and the pessimistic Doubtful Dromedary.
With Camy Happily accepting Sir Hokus as his new Karwan Bashi (the old one being left behind), the newly-formed quintet soon came to Wish Way. After some alarming moments in which Camy, Doubty, and Sir Hokus seemed to vanish, Dorothy realized that whatever one wished on Wish Way would come true.
Therefore she said, “I wish we were all with the Scarecrow.”
Next moment they had plunged down, down, and yet down into the very throne room of Woe’s palace. The Scarecrow and Tappy had just managed to get free, and Tappy attacked Sir Hokus, but soon all was sorted out and the Ozites were joyfully reunited.
The plan to escape up the beanpole was again underway.