Delirium gets it in her spoinky rainbow-colored head that she needs to find her long lost brother Destruction. After going to see her sisters Desire and Despair, who turn her down when she asks for their help, she has little choice but to put her fervent request to her brother Dream.
Three hundred years ago, Destruction gave up his realm and asked his siblings to consider the same, but if not, to at least respect his wishes. Dream reminds Del of this fact, but she will not be swayed. It takes some convincing (and for Morpheus to think of another reason that he would want to walk in the waking world) but soon they are off on an adventure of sorts. Only this adventure ends in death or near-death for some of the mortals and not-so-mortals they need to see. At one point Dream calls off their quest, citing these deaths. Delirium goes into a tailspin –holy guacamole what would that look like?–so it’s not long before Dream gathers her up and they go see their brother Destiny.
It’s not really a spoiler to say that they do find him, but be careful what you wish for, eh? At the end of this long journey (and absorbing book), nothing will be the same. Destiny knew this-could it be otherwise?-but the realization and understanding that Morpheus finally has to come to is crushing and I found it quite moving.
Random notes: The art throughout this book was by one artist and inker and it served this story well to have everything in the same vein. Kudos to Jill Thompson and Vince Locke. Also, how can you not love spending time with Delirium, with her icky green mouse ice cream and rainbow frogs?