A gay portrait of London in the days of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn as it was seen by young Tamsyn Caunter of Devon who came to live with her swordsmith uncle and his family. A thin thread of plot fulfills the wish of cousin Piers, who wants to go to sea but feels he must remain as an apprentice, however unwilling, in his father's shop. But mostly, the book is one exuberant adventure after another. There's an excursion up the Thames to picnic on Easter, a rush of Morris Dancers down the street on May Day, a visit to the cozy cottage and garden of an old herb woman, talks about the New World over old maps in the long creaky attic of the armourer's house. The pictures by C. Walter Hodges of narrow streets, tall angular houses, the dockyards, snow covered roofs at Christmas, are well designed and detailed, endowed with a warmth that complements the stories.