Theo is a printer’s devil. At least, he was, until the printing of an unauthorized pamphlet attracted the attention of the law of Westmark. Now a fugitive, Theo finds unlikely companions in Las Bombas, a quack doctor; Musket, a short-tempered dwarf; and Mickle, a skinny orphan girl who swaggers by day and weeps by night.
While Theo adjusts to life on the run, Westmark teeters on the brink of ruin. King Augustine, crippled with grief at the loss of his daughter, has left the reign of the kingdom to Chief Minister Cabbaras, whose tightening grip on the nation has sparked the seeds of rebellion.
The rebel leader, Florian, is a puzzle to Theo. Why does Theo hesitate to endorse Florian’s politics, yet desperately crave Florian’s approval? Should Theo uphold the monarchy or follow Florian? Could Theo make either choice—and still keep his honor?
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