Thursday Next and her son, Friday, come back to the real world only to find that Goliath and Kaine have almost taken over the country. Goliath is changing to a religion so they can do more bad things. She finds Otto Bismarck and Emma Hamilton in her mother's guest rooms. Her father tells her that their town's croquet team has to win the world competition or the world will die. He also tells her that someone will try to kill her three times, but won't, and will die themselves. Her brother Joffy brings in a 13th century Saint whose every revealment has been right.
Thursday heads for Goliathopolis to get their new Apology Treatment. While she waits her turn, she sees a guy walk by who is mumbling about his problem being good and Goliath is wonderful. She's taken up to the chief executive and she gets a little blurry and makes a deal where Landen will be uneradicated and she will forgive Goliath. By the time she's home, she knows she was somehow tricked.
Landen starts coming in off and on and finally permanently and she and Friday move back in. Complicated plots involving neanderthals, revealments, pianos, and Hamlet really make this great! I can't wait for the next one to come out.