The dwarves in Uberwald are about to crown a new king - only there is trouble brewing. The King elected isn't the one that everyone thought it would be, and now the scone of stone on which he's crowned has gone missing. Co-incidentally, so has the replica scone that was in the dwarf bread museum in Ankh Morpork, which is now the largest dwarf city on the disc and had a large part to play in the election. The city needs to send an Ambassador to Uberwald for the crowning and The patrician decided to send Vimes - not the obvious candidate, as he loathes all diplomacy and politicing as lying! Uberwald is in a state of turmoil, there's trouble between dwarves, the werewolves (who happen to be Angua's family) are interferring and the vampires are watching everything closely, prepared to lend a hand when necessary to keep the equilibrium. Vimes tries to act the diplomat, with predictable results. But finally he stops acting and starts being the policeman he is at his core. There's trouble in all quarters, but a settlement is reached and Vimes regains his composure just in time for Sybil to drop a bit of a bombshell..."