Taking place one year after Ozma takes the throne, the once Cowardly Lion has become bored with nothing eventual in Oz happening and creates a battle tournament for the beasts of the forest, with the twist of the loser animal being eaten by him.After the Lion gets bored of watching this, he ends it and Glinda shows up suggesting he should go to the Emerald City to led Ozma's Army and become her personal body guard. While there, he is to fetch a ruby necklace left by the Wizard. After days of searching around the palace for the necklace, the Lion becomes bored again but doesn't stay that way for long as Ozma alerts him of an impending crisis. This crisis is an upcoming war and invasion of Oz by the Nome King, so they travel underground to confront him.The Nome King suggests that the Lion and Ozma wager the freedom of Oz by playing his game in enchanting Ozma into an object and having the Lion pick out which one is really her. Ozma agrees knowing the Lion can figure it out but he is very unsure and picks the wrong ones. On his final try he uses his nose and is able to track Ozma's scent to find her statuette which was sort of buried in the ground with the Nome King intending him to not pick it.