This book is about Shakespeare's London. The year is 1605. James I is on the throne. There are laws against Catholics and England is finally at peace or is it? The story revolves around treason at the highest level. Guido Fawkes and his fellow conspirators are trying to blow up Whitehall and the royal line.
Francis Quoynt is a firemaster who has returned from war and dreams of making beautiful fireworks. He is recruited by Robert Cecil, First Minister to spy on the revolutionists. Meanwhile, Sir Francis Bacon is also spying on Quoynt while scheming to take Cecil's job.
Kate Peach is a glove maker who was Quoynt's lover before he left for war. She is now kept by another man and is a secret Catholic. This puts her right in the path of danger.
Dickason has crafted another wonderful tale rich in the details of the period. The treachery of the papists and the vulnerability of women is portrayed exceedingly well. For those who like historical fiction,this book does not disappoint