William Shakespeare is having trouble finishing his current play. He is writing "The Tempest" in fulfillment of a bargain he made near the beginning of his career with Dream. Before he retires from writing, he must write one more play for Dream. He visits Dream's realm and they reflect upon their lives and positions in the world.
Special thanks to Bryan Talbot, John Ridgway & the Mysterious Mister Zed (Michael Zulli).
Penciling credits are broken down in Absolute Sandman vol. 4: Pages 1-13, 17, 23, 28 & 31-38 are by Charles Vess; pages 21-22 & 29-30 are by John Ridgway; pages 14-16 & 24-27 are by Bryan Talbot; and pages 18-20 are by Michael Zulli.
Extras include a pullout centerfold poster by Dave McKean with a timeline of The Sandman's publication history on the reverse side, and an afterword by Neil Gaiman.