Dorothy is near her home inKansaswhen the story begins. She and her dogTotofirst meet theShaggy Man, a wandering hobo who carries the Love Magnet with him, en routeto avoid the town of Butterfield. Further on, the road splits into seven paths. They take the seventh and soon meetButton-Bright, a little boy in a sailor's outfit who is always getting lost. Later, the companions meetPolychromethe Rainbow's Daughter, a fairy who danced off the edge of the rainbow just as it disappeared.