Lita has been traveling these past several months to the plate-shaped ocean world where wizards fly airships between islands that float above the sea. She has returned to her castle now in the northern realms, and ooh boy, does she have a story to tell about her trip.
Time twines differently between here and the land of Clockpunk Wizard. Lita’s trip took her back to when Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright were attending the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences. The boys had not yet met.
Bright had finished his studies—or so he thought. The afternoon before he leaves on his first job as an airship mechanic, an out-of-control magical episode lands him in jail. Meanwhile, Kadmeion returns to the university after a year of field study. The wizardling suffers from Wizard’s Madness, and he is under suspicion in his field mentor’s death. Worst of all, he must pass a class in magical rhyming called Dreadful Poetry while waiting for the Magic Guild’s Inquiry that decides his fate.
While on this trip, Lita had the pleasure of meeting the elder Wizard Morton. This curmudgeon is the head of the Magical Sciences department, and is Kadmeion’s academic advisor.
The guild calls in the elder wizard on Bright’s case. This mundane clockworks graduate had an unexplained wizardly episode, and now the lad’s magic has fled. The irresistible puzzle motivates Morton to get Bright out of jail so the wizard can learn more about Bright’s fickle magic.
Sensing that the lads can help each other, he requires Bright to help the mad wizardling pass Dreadful Poetry. Morton encourages Kadmeion to discover why the non-magician Bright all but leveled the Merchant’s Quarter with powerful enchantments. The problem is that madness is a wonderful distraction, and Kadmeion would rather talk with the fish and resident university ghosts. Morton must lend a hand, or matters will never resolve themselves.
Perhaps the most curious discovery on Lita’s trip was why butterflies are significant to Kadmeion’s wizardry. The lad’s elusive Auntie Em, and a basket of wrestling puppies, also visit Dreadful Poetry. Lita also learned what happens when a wizard grows wings, and tries to fly like a harpy.