Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” – or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s players perform.
Once at the Globe Theatre, Widge makes friends with some of the actors and, for the first time in his life, experiences a sense of family. Widge now has a new problem: how can he fulfill his task of stealing the play for his master and not betray his friends? As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.