The innyards of London are closed due to plague and the Earl of Worcester's Men are on the road, touring the market-towns of the Midlands.
When Tyburn accidentally intercepts a coded letter from a hidden Jesuit priest in Warwickshire, he is entangled in a murderous and deadly conspiracy. Stalked by unknown enemies, he must race to uncover the conspiracy and hunt down the Jesuit to clear his name. . .or die a traitor's death. His only hope - an eleven-year old glover's son named William Shakespeare.