Introducing Ranulf, "the unready," fictional descendant of Ethelred "the unready" a medieval Saxon Kinglet. Ranny, Seventh Viscount Lindley is tour guide for some troubled friends through the Balkans in 1914. There is Dimitrov and his bomb, the nicest Nihilist anyone could hope to meet but troubled at his girl friend Revolta's late nights out "at the library." Svetislof a fish truck driver/poet is troubled as his wife understands him but his mistress does not. And Princess Ireana of Illyria, disguised as a lady's maid but troubled to find the frequent bows of a maid before royalty causes leg cramps and gives unlimited opportunity to any butler with a penchant for pinching. And others. A parody of novels of the 1920s, intended to amuse.