Milo is an unmotivated kid who is never doing what he wants to be doing and just brings others down. He does not realize what is happening around him.
When Milo gets home he finds this tollbooth that is waiting for him. He looks and it and reads a note that says he should go in. Milo goes in then he appears in this place and drives to the Dulldrums.
Milo drives into the Duldrums and then is welcomed by a creature known as the Lethargians. They spend all their time doing nothing. Tock the dog scares them and they go back. Soon after Milo and Tock wind up at Dictionopolis.
Milo and Tock go to dictionopolis and soon meet the humbug and are invited to diner King Azaz's advisors.
Milo brings up and idea to the king. He said that he should go and try to save the princesses Rhyme and Reason. He does that and the king tells them that it will be hard and he appoints the Humbug to go with them. King also gives them a box of words.
Milo, Tock, and the Humbug have found a kid named Aleck. Aleck grew down and not up. He walked with them to two cities called expectations and reality and told them everything was not how it seamed.