Milo is depressed. He doesn't take any joy in his life, and doesn't understand why he needs to learn things. When he gets home, he notices a big box in his room. He unpacks it, and finds a real, genuine, tollbooth. With his electric car, he drives through and finds himself in a world totally unlike anything he's ever seen before. Along with characters like the Humbug and a dog named Tock, he travels through mysterious lands such as the Forest of Sight, the doldrums, and other places as well. But underlying everything, there is a mysterious danger. Milo sets out on a quest to defeat the evil and bring peace back to the Lands Beyond, while learning important lessons about life. A great book for kids who like fantasy. I really enjoyed it, although it was a fairly fast read.