Well thank goodness. I am happy to learn from the other reviews that I am NOT a moron, the tools really DON'T go together, the instructions really ARE incomplete, and you really DO have to buy some extra things to actually use this.
As others have mentioned: you get some cool nibs and pen holder ... but these together will create a dip pen - and you don't get any ink to dip it in. Then you get 4 ink cartridges, which are made for fountain pens -- but you don't get a fountain pen at all!
I've had this kit for probably 5 years, but never had the patience to figure out why I was so confused by the tools and instructions. Well, now I am determined to use these, because the nibs really ARE cool, and I finally bought some dip ink. But to tell you the truth, I still don't quite understand how to assemble the pen/reservoir/nib combination, as the instructions don't really explain it. And I'm not a beginner, it's just that I've always used calligraphy fountain pens.
As far as the book part goes, the first half offers beginners' instructions on some various writing styles. The second half offers ideas for turning calligraphy into art. So definitely don't get this for a true beginner unless you supply a set of calligraphy fountain pens and a bottle of ink along with it.