Many thousands of years ago, when the night was weaving her tapestry of stars over the sacred land of Tibet, Mantao the Jester King was born in a lotus flower. Delivered to earth by an angel, saved from the plague and raised by a mendicant monk, Mantao is a king of the mountains, destined to be a shield- bearer and protect mankind. However, his path is long and no one can see the crown he wears, mistaking him instead for a jester. Follow the threads of Mantao's story as he travels to the City of the Bright Lamps and the City of the Extinguished Lamps, accompanied by a little monkey, aided by a man with elephant ears and an enchanting dancer, and thwarted by the greed of Princess Amaranth. Will he find his way to his Queen of the Distant Lands and return full circle to the mountains? In this edition of Mantao the Jester King, the story is newly adapted into a magical tale to delight readers of all ages.