"Addressing a conference on the contemporary relevance of fairy-tale themes, a complacent young academic is floored when a beautiful woman demands to know whether or not he actually 'believes' them. Intrigued and attracted, he follows her out of the conference--and into a fairy tale.
So begins a strange quest in pursuit of his elusive princess, through a realm of talking beasts and immeasurable distances, of monstrous dangers and magical gifts."
Translated from the German. First Roc printing.