In the north of England, a silver cup has been stolen from Marsden Hall. . .
Meg the serving girl will hang for it, unless she agrees to spy on her friends at the Black Bull Tavern.
Her friend Will Marsden is desperate to save her. As Meg and Will struggle with the dilemma, Will's mother tells them a story she has kept secret for years: how she herself, as a young lady-in-waiting, was forced to spy on Mary Queen of Scots.
Two stories of spies and double-dealing intertwine in Terry Deary's exciting tale of adventure set in Tudor times.
Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, where the Marsden family of the Tudor Chronicles live. Once an actor and a teacher of English and drama, he is one of Britain's bestselling children's authors, with over 140 books to his credit, including the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories.