The story’s protagonists are a pair of middle-school kids, both boys, who get drawn into a fantasy world for the standard quest. One’s a jock, the other is not; as the story begins they are enemies. The first goal of their quest is to find a certain heroic character renowned for his prowess with the sword. They meet someone who claims to be that hero and are foold, but become suspicious, and in time they meet an old man who, armed only with a metal spoon and pot, overpowers the imposter. The old man gives them a few magic totems, including a pair of pots that can create any solid food the user names and a pair of canteens with a similar ability for drinks. Each of them is also given what they take to be a stone teardrop – actually the two halves of a yin-yang symbol. At the story’s climax, they confront the villain and combine their symbols so that they can merge into a single entity and defeat him.