This is the second novel in the Silver Falcon trilogy which began with Shakespeare & Son (see p. 335, 1962) and it is once again concerned with the youthful affairs and indiscretions of Shakespeare, handling them with ribaldry, rhyme and wit of considerable merit. Will is now married and a father. When the pox hits London he is exiled and becomes a schoolteacher, law office pen-shaker, a minstrel entertainer, a Catholic fugitive, and even a common shoplifter. Dick Burbage is on hand, and with Dickie Fields, a Stratford boy, Will sets up shop as a ghost-writer, mending manuscripts, plays and poems, and writing them to order. This brings him a customer, a Mlle. Marie dol Valle, and he is susceptible to her dark eyes while also involved with a pretty lad, Thomas Honeying (or Henning), the Queen's controller of what plays are to be produced. Consequently Will dashes off a trifle called Love's Labour's Won, later to be more aptly titled Lost. Throughout this chronology Will appears- and disappears- like a ginger man, and these early years are full of sudden surprise and considerable delight.