When Prime Minister Decree is told to write up a proper dictionary for the kingdom, he has to come up with ways to describe each word. All goes well until he reaches the D's. Civil war threatens to break out over the definition for "Delicious." The king sends Gaylan, Decree's foster son and Special Assistant, on a kingdom-wide poll. The Search for Delicious is on!
Natalie Babbitt takes us through this imaginative fantasy. No matter what obstacles Gaylan faces, he is determined to complete his task in order to save his kingdom. He meets a woldweller, a mermaid, and many of the ordinary folk and writes down each person's choice for the definition. The result may surprise everyone but Gaylan himself.