For her thirteenth birthday, Writer Linda is taken to the Isle of Authors, focal point in the land of Dreams. While there, the Board of Authors, rulers of the land of Dreams, requests her presence.They want her to visit a Patch, one of the many Published worlds of fiction: Bookland. The former Author of the Patch was Rejected for founding the world on revenge, and the Patch was put on hold until a suitable Writer could be found to take over and finish the story. Now it's active and burning away the surrounding Patches. The Authors themselves are unable to enter the world, as the Gateway to Bookland has been locked against them.Linda must discover who has activated the Patch, and stop him or her before the entire Patchwork is destroyed.