"It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon. Not that she was evil, or didn't care for me. It's just that we were very poor, and she was, as we said in those parts, dumber than two turnips in a rain barrel.
The plan was that impoverished Creel would be offered to a dragon, rescued by a knight, who would marry her and raise her family's fortunes. Instead, the dragon and Creel strike a bargain: Creel will persuade people not to fight the dragon, and the dragon will give up part of his hoard.
Unfortunately, he hoards shoes, not treasure, But the shoes prove more interesting than they first seem. A delightful fantasy story from one of the most popular authors today.