Every world has its rules even a flat onecarried by four elephants riding on a giant turtle. That's why a dying wizard is searching for an eighth son of an eighth son to bestow his wizardly powers upon before meeting Deathin six minutes. Unfortunately it is quicklydiscovered though not quite quickly enough that the newborn babe the wizard anoints just before bidding the Discworld adieu is, in reality, a girl What's done cannot be undone despiteold Granny Weatherwax's attempts to bringthe child into the witchy fold and little Eskis now a wizard, through and through. And she's destined to bring chaos and confusion to the all-male faculty of Ankh-Morpork'sUnseen University . . . who are alreadyfairly addled to begin with.