A group of talking monster dogs in top hats and tails become instant celebrities when they arrive in New York in the year 2008. Refugees from a Canadian town isolated for 100 years, the dogs retain the 19th-century Prussian culture of their creator. But a mysterious disease is wiping them out.
In the years since the monster dogs were here with us, in New York, I've often been asked to write something about the time I spent with them. [from Preface]
Sometimes I pray to dream about Ludwig. I pray that when I sleep the channels will open up and I'll get word of whether he is still alive and where he is. Even if I couldn't know that, I'd like to have a dream about him, just to see him again. But I never do. I miss him.