Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, was born the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent, and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to Frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates the settlers from the beasts of the wild.
With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of the westward expansion that will delight fans of both J.K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.