Plague rages in the city of London and Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, lies ill in his father’s house, crippled by a strange malady.  His father is away at war and his mother is in the Queen’s service. Robin was meant to be on his way to a northern castle to serve as a page in his first step to knighthood. He is rescued by Brother Luke who takes him to the hospice and furthers his education.  Brother Matthew teaches him wood carving.  Robin learns that there are more ways to serve his King other than mounting a horse and riding to battle.