Young Will Shakespeare had a lot to answer for. When Will gets mixed up in poaching, his father sends him away from Stratford with a band of travelling actors. On the outskirts of London, a fierce storm forces them to take refuge at the house of Doctor Dee – Queen Elizabeth I’s astrologer. There they get caught up in a plot involving piracy, Walter Raleigh, magic, a mysterious stranger known only as ‘Maddie’ and the secret of the Devil’s Fire. As spies and cut-throats pursue him, Will must save England from a fiendish plot and confront the deadly menace of the Devil’s Fire.