This adventure begins when Olivier goes to spend his summer vacation at Cat's Eye Corner, the very strange home of his grandfather and his new bride, Sylvia de Whosit of Whatsit — a reported witch. Olivier encounters a mansion with shifting rooms, doors with mirrored keyholes, and cats named Bliss, Edgar, Allen, and Poe. But strangest of all were the Inklings, word fairies capable of rearranging letters to wreak havoc on language, much to the chagrin of the cats who have been changed from pets to poets! Olivier finds himself in the Drak Would (Dark Woods) in search of curious items that would become powerful talismans on a quest to recover a fantastical book buried at the bottom of Nevermore Lake. Along the way, he meets the So-So Gang, a talking pen named Murray Shaeffer, teen-aged oracles Holy Moly and Holy Hannah, a swarm of French-speaking flies, a girl named Linnett who controls the wind, and a boy named Fathom who lives in the river. Filled with characters that pop in and out of the story, Cat's Eye Corner is a cleverly written novel with much of the fun derived from wordplay — puns, literary allusions, and misspellings.