Plucked from his comfortable but perhaps perilous home, the pea is on his way to becoming one among many who will grace the royal plate. But, fate intervenes and he is taken and presented as a precious object to the queen, who wishes to use his services.
At the same time the prince sets off on a quest set by his mother (who has had enough of him hanging around and not fulfilling his role) to find a bride. Despite the variety of girls he meets none come up to scratch. In desperation his mother advertises, her advert makes the front page. Unfortunately the candidates do not come up to scratch, they cannot feel the pea secreted in the bed.
Fate intervenes again when the daughter of the gardener who has grown the pea arrives at the castle door during a thunder-storm. The queen does not recognise her and promptly puts her to the test which she passes with the help of the Pea.
The illustrations add to the humour of this book. Have a look at the wallpaper and the queen’s eyes, in fact all things royal seem to have a connection with peas. It makes you wonder if the queen is not in fact a transformed pea herself.