This is an amusing as well as educational story of a very stupid viking and very bright fishermen's children.
History has not been kind to the Vikings; not all were greedy, treacherous, cruel and violent. This tale depicts those who were simply fishermen, farmers, settlers and colonizers.
The Viking King, Eric, is fed up with his life in the dark and very cold land, now known as Norway. By chance, at the same time two children discover by accident a land with a much more agreeable climate. They plot with family, friends and dog "Grim" to emigrate to the east of England.
There are many adventures with interlinked stories true to the known Viking history — from the discovery of Iceland with its hot springs to contact with an unusual man from the Middle East carrying a large red jewel.
The children start by building their boat and by crafty planning they then get hold of Eric's fortune to build houses in the new land and invent the windmill to provide air conditioning.
Look out for Eric's son, Knut, who (true to his name) form s and unruly band of ruffians, and the royal chef "Dumpling" who can't even cook blubber — or can he?