Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned – ever since the Baron’s son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk’s no good for magic.
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny might have been a witch. But now Granny Aching is dead, it’s up to Tiffany to investigate strange happenings: a fairy-tale monster in the stream, a headless horseman and, strangest of all, the tiny blue men in kilts, the Wee Free Men, who have come looking for the new “hag”. These are the Nac Mac Feegles who like nothing better than thieven’, fightin’ and drinkin’. Then Tiffany’s young brother goes missing and Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must join forces to save him for the Queen of the Fairies . . .