The of Catholics during the reign of Queen Elizabeth took many forms. There were fines imposed for not attending the Protestant Church, imprisonment for bolder moves and death to anyone who harbored a Catholic priest. In his home. Nicholas Thorpe and Tom Longbow are two fictional heroes who might have lived during this era. They devoted their young lives to protecting priests from the grasp of the executioner and escorting them to places of safety. The boys' journeys along the highways and rivers of England are fraught with adventures they battle for and accept aid from other Catholics and non-Catholics who deplored this persecution. The plot to force Elizabeth to sign her causin's leath warrant is intrinsically related to the struggle for Catholic freedom and, as background material, it gives a solid adventure tale broader historical scope. A Clarion book.