Young Tom Falconer never knew his parents. Raised by scheming criminals in the English countryside, Tom yearns for a better life and is confused yet grateful when a servant to the queen arrives to take him to London. Unfortunately, Tom's savior never makes it back alive, murdered by Tom's criminal friends. Tom, however, escapes on horseback. He soon finds himself in London, penniless and awestruck. A young pickpocket girl named Moll Cutpurse takes a shine to Tom, though, and helps him audition for a new play by a struggling writer named Will Shakespeare. Tom doesn't get the part, but he soon finds himself a home, though, when the mysterious Dr. Mobius recruits him to play an important role in a play, The Devil and His Boy. Tom knows there is something Mobius isn't telling him — the actors live and rehearse on a weather-beaten boat in the middle of winter -— but when he discovers the play is to be performed in front of the queen, Tom allows himself to dream of riches. Little does he realize Mobius' dark secret will force him to ad-lib in ways he never dreamed.... An imaginative, fun interplay of history and story, Anthony Horowitz takes the reader on an adventure through merry old England, but with a modern flair. From Tom's humorous meeting with a young playwright named Shakespeare to his audience with Queen Elizabeth, there's no telling whom you'll meet along the way! While the story is fiction, it is based on real events and people.