Bumbling, cowardly Eugene is forced to transfer to a new school in northern Michigan in the middle of the year in the middle of a blizzard. Eugene is used to weird things happening in his life, but this feels like a really bad start. He has no idea how bad it's going to get until he meets his scary and frightening English teacher, "Ming the Merciless." In order to save his classmates from a fatal graduation in Ming's underworld School of the Brass Monkeys, Eugene must deliver an unfinished book, Brass Monkeys, to a legendary teacher named McGinty who is hiding in the underworld. With the help of some of the renegade teachers and his new friends, he begins an epic journey to find McGinty. He survives the Cliffs of Notes and the Sea of Hot Lunches, and meets the Tataloonies (cool, tattooed kids) and Adjana: The greatest teacher in the world.