Morton Plonsky is certain he should be dead.
And yet now he sits in a foreign desert as an automobile sized goose soars overhead. His former student, Ashley -- the person he is certain just murdered him -- stands before him grinning maniacally in a desolate land dotted with unexplained corpses. This is no situation for a history teacher, and the unlikely beginning of his path to emperor.
Forced to follow the dangerously unstable Ashley, and her upsettingly vague heroic prophecy, Morton will travel this land, known simply as the Someplace Else, in the hopes of fulfilling his fate. Fighting against hordes of dangerous fools and zany inter-dimensional creatures, he must seek the emperor of this alternate world and use all of his cunning to end the three thousand year war between the war goose riding Goosemen and the menacing, kind of generic Empire – all in the hopes of being granted passage home.
And his unexpected ascension to emperor? Well, that's another story all together, and one likely to reveal the true masters of this terrible place.
Combining the fantasy satire of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld with the sci-fi absurdity of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, An Empire of Geese and Hats is a darkly comedic story not to be missed.