This time we are in the middle of it. Sam Vine from the Ankh-Morpork watch is visiting Uberwald - resembling some outstanding areas in Central Europe from Bavaria to Siebenbürgen. Dominated by a subtle balance of vampires, dwarfs and werewolves there seems to be time for same changes. A new "Low King" is to be crowned, ruling the fundamental mines of the dwarfs.
But not all are happy with the proceedings and want their own storyline. But who other then the master of the Ankh Moporkh Nightwatch would be the right person to debunk all the shade-loving characters in the Uberwald creme-de-la-creme.
Even when Mister Vimes is not always the master of the situation and needs help by Constable Angua, who is rooted in Uberwald, Captain Carrot, also had stronger moments than in this book, and finally his wife, for business matters, his mere presence seems to push things.
Even if on the surface men seems to hold the key positions in Discworld stories, here they are often enough just plain figureheads of politics.