Описание: John Huffam is sure the tall mans beard is false. Hes sure of little else in November 1849, the year he is fourteen, the year his father is sentenced to Londons Whitecross Street Prison.
Maybe the man following John -- who claims to be one Inspector Copperfield -- can explain why. Surely, Pa isnt prepared to reveal the truth, any more than the jovial bailiff, Mr. Tuckum, who knows something, but remains mum. Or the little Frenchman, Mr. Farquatt, who courts Johns sister but seems most keen on Pas work at the Naval Ordinance Office. Or Mr. ODoul, the Irishman who insists Pa owes him the unimaginable sum of three hundred pounds.
Or what of the one-legged, single-mindedly fierce Sergeant Muldspoon, Johns teacher? What about the boys great-great-aunt, Lady Euphemia Huffam, who could pay the debt but wont for reasons of her own? What about the secretive Mr. Snugsbe of All Hallows Church, who hides himself away in the Citys most voluminous coat?
Then theres Chief Inspector Ratchet of Scotland Yard, who is after somebody for some crime or other. True, John has a new friend and ally in Sary the Sneak...but what has even she got up her sleeve?
What John learns on his own is that theres a traitor on the loose, somewhere. And he must uncover the villain -- no matter who it might be.