A story of the days of Queen Elizabeth. Young Denis Cleeve, who tells the story, goes up to London in answer to an appeal from a rascally uncle who has sent word to the brother he had once wronged that he is imprisoned in the tower. Denis goes, bearing the bulk of his father's wealth, but learns too late that the appeal is only a ruse. He finds himself in the power of a band of clever rogues, and unaided, save by the girl, Idonia, makes his way to liberty, foils their plots, and unmasks his uncle's villainy. The author succeeds in reproducing the atmosphere of those spacious days without invoking the magic of the great names of the period.