In this, the second of the novels about Mud the Fish, Michael Clay Thompson gets into his stride with his cast of characters and the forces of nature all around them on Sentence Island. They are enjoying a peaceful life and reflecting on the meaning of words, on the two sides of sentences and on the importance of thinking clearly. They experiment with various true and untrue sentences, grammar notwithstanding. A fish is an animal! All fish are animals, and therefore all animals are fish is clearly not true.
A series of near calamities throws everything into disarray: a tsunami, a red tide and then a waterspout. The red tide coincided with a distinguished visitor, Queequack, the famous paragraph expert and Mud has to convince everyone that the two are not connected. After the waterspout they learn that everything has to be in its rightful place. Then a tall, green stranger arrives on their shore to tell them that their disasters are a result of poor leadership and if they obey him, the mantis, and echo his words he will solve all their problems. He is a devious mantis and demands absolute loyalty and no questions asked. Daisy the pelican, Clack and Mud do not fall for his false words and manage to persuade the others by using the logic they have all learned. As the great waterbird, Benjamin Frankloon, once said, "we must all stick together, or we will all get stuck separately.”