When 14 year-old Peter Brownrigg throws a stone at his Cumberland community's enemy, Sir Philip Morton, it sets him on an adventure of treason and a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth. In his bid to escape the enraged Sir Philip, Peter joins a touring group of actors and meets the mysterious Kit, an impressive young actor, with a strange secret. Peter soon finds himself working in London, with none other than William Shakespeare himself. When Peter accidently lends his script of Shakespeare's new play to a stranger, he discovers a plot to kill the Queen. With the help of Kit, Peter must return to Cumberland to discover the circumstances and nature of the assasination attempt. In the ensuing adventure, Peter discovers his true limits, both physically and mentally, as he battles to save the Queen in time. A story of intrigue, mystery and bravery that kept me, as a child, gripped in the story and touched my imagination for years. As my teacher never finished reading this story in class when I was 9, I've always wondered what happened to Kit and Peter, and it was only recently that the ending was revealed to me. Children will love this book of Kit and Peter becoming agents for the Queen's secret service, and the historical setting complements any education they may be having about the Tudors or Elizabethan era.