Pursued by a sinister multinational corporation and an evil genius with a penchant for clothes shopping and memory modification, literary detective Thursday Next is on the run. Not an ideal situation considering she's pregnant by her husband who is presently suffering a non-existence problem. Taking refuge in the Well of Lost Plots - the place where all Fiction is created - Thursday ponders her next move from inside an unpublished novel of dubious merit entitled Caversham Heights.
But in Thursday's world, trouble is only ever a page away, and when a succession of Jurisfiction agents are killed, only one woman is up to the job of unmasking the villain responsible. Will Thursday ever be able to enjoy the quiet life again, or is she about to lose the plot completely?