The author is well-known for her many books recreating the development of the social clime and the weaving trade in the West Riding, Yorkshire. This, her first juvenile novel, is part of the total portrayal of her narratives. Tom Leigh was apprenticed to a weaver in 1722. Some months after the indentures were signed, Tom discovered that the journeyman was involved in a conspiracy to steal cloth, but in rescuing his own master's cloth, Tom himself became implicated in the crime. That is the substance of this story which in itself is a standard piece of goods. But it has been thoroughly enriched by the texture of the historical/social details of which the author is so cognizant --details of the weaving craft, the economic importance to the entire region of all aspects of the cloth trade, the evaluation of crime, the treatment of the poor, as well as local mores, the administration of various households, and the routine of the apprentice.