Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, from the weather to the castle, the grass, and the flowers. But then the red boat arrives, and with it a young man who believes he is cursed - everything he touches turns to colour. Princess Opal and the people of the island are enchanted, but the King is suspicious and imprisons Wendell. Opal must find a way to escape to a life filled with love and colour.
Ian Beck was taught in art school by Raymond Briggs and has gone on to become one of the UK's best-loved illustrators and authors for children.