Princess Chantik and the Outside World begins with a young girl who lives in a perfect world created by her father to protect her from the suffering of life. Though all of her needs are met, she knows that something is missing from her life. After receiving a message from a mysterious woman, she leaves her perfect world and finds herself in a world of darkness, injustice, and pain. There she learns that the heart of the world has been lost. To bring beauty and fairness back to the world, it is her task to find it. In order to do this, she needs to climb the highest mountain, go to the end of the Earth, and find the center of the world. The truths she learns, and the adventures she lives through along the way, not only help her achieve her mission, but bring her the answer to her own dreams.
This wonderful story, that can appeal to children of all ages from 8 to 80, is sumptuously illustrated by Gale Barkus.