Fortuitous is Scotch-Irish Sean MacManus' journey to London in 1594, for, on his foot travels from Cork, he falls in with Don Pedro, tumbles the Don's niece, Elvira, and, landing right on the stage of Burbage's Theatre, is instantly hounded as Raleigh's bastard....Essex tries to have him done away with, Raleigh enlists him for the promotion of his gamble to the Guianas, and he is a part of Shakespeare's plays. Sean fells Essex' professional bravo in a duel of claymores, with extra humiliation; he spies in Don Pedro's plots through Elvira, and he falls in love with Susanna Field, daughter of the Theatre's chief stage keeper. She is aboard when he sails with Raleigh for El Dorado and is waiting for him when he returns from the failure to find the golden men in the Oreneque's reaches. There is her rescue to be effected before their future is assured...and Bean is the boy to do it. Lively, not much more.