The main character, Ellen, wakes on her tenth birthday to find a silver crown on her pillow. (She's always imagined herself a queen, so the crown does not actually surprise her.) Before she can find the source of the crown, her house burns down and her parents disappear. She and her new companion, Otto, are sent on a quest to protect the crown and unravel its secrets. Throughout her journey, she must fight evil forces who seek to destroy entire populations. She discovers the crown is the one thing with the power to fight the evil forces, and thus is her struggle of good vs. evil.