In a world where sweets equal power, Stannic, the 'Tin Man', is plotting to rule over the land of Likrishka. Lydia and her friends must overcome many dangers to find the forbidden sweets which can help them in their quest to bring down Stannic's regime for ever.
Nine-year-old Lydia lives in the land of Likrishka, ruled over by Stannic the 'Tin Man', a powerful chef who has placed the country under martial law. His plan is to rule over an obedient population and to instil his tastes into the under-tens by placing them in the care of governesses in robot-policed Detainer Zones. Sweets and other food are the most important things in this world, and the source of all power-and so they are fiercely controlled by Stannic. Something has to be done! When Lydia manages to escape, she is recruited by a group of girls on a mission. Together, they embark on a quest through jungles, tunnels, and caves, past natural and man-made hazards, to find a number of forbidden and dangerous sweets, which eventually they will use in an audacious plan to bring down the tyrannous Stannic and his regime for ever.