Artemis Fowl II, the title character, is the twelve-year-old son of an Irish crime lord, Artemis Fowl I. After
significant research, Artemis believes that he has confirmed the existence of fairies and decides to kidnap one.
He tracks down an alcoholic sprite posing as a healer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and travels there with his
bodyguard Butler to obtain from her The Book of the People—the Fairy holy book that is written in Gnommish.
Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police is tracking a rogue troll that has managed to reach
the surface of the Earth from the fairy city, deep underground. Assisted by a technically minded centaur called
Foaly and LEPrecon commander Julius Root, she incapacitates the troll. However, this uses the last of her magic,
and Commander Root demands that she complete the magic restoring ritual.
Artemis decodes the Book using computerized translating software, and in the process, learns the specifics of the
ritual: taking an acorn from an ancient oak tree near a bend in a river under the full moon and planting it else-
where. Artemis and Butler track down over 100 possible locations for the ritual and start a stakeout; after nearly
four months, they discover Holly performing the ritual. Butler tranquilises Holly with a hypodermic syringe.
A LEP retrieval team is sent to scout Fowl Manor. Using their 'shielding' ability, which allows them to vibrate
faster than the human eye can follow, the team enters the manor grounds. Artemis anticipated this also, however,
and installed a camera with a high frames-per-second rate, allowing him to detect the threat by freezing the
image. After Butler incapacitates the intruders, Root decides to lay siege to Fowl Manor using a time-stop and
enter negotiations. The ransom demand is revealed as one metric ton of 24-carat gold. Artemis uses the
opportunity to reveal his knowledge of the time-stop and claims that he can escape it.
The attempts to gain entry to the manor continue as an infamous criminal, the kleptomaniac dwar