Giant Bones, like most of Beagle's fiction, features very strong and memorable characters. The simple plot tells of how a tinker sells all he owns and Photo of Peter Beagle by Greg Preston begins a long journey to faraway mountains that he intends to cross.
Through misadventure, he falls in with a tribe of giants who live in the forest of the mountains. They call themselves the "Qu'alo," which means "The Proper People"—the giants do not think themselves enormous rather they think humans tiny. The tale is told by a father to his son both as a bedtime story and as an explanation of how a noble race lives on in the descendants of its human friend.