Nat Field is a young actor who has travelled from America to rehearse and perform as Puck in a Midsummer Night's Dream , at the new Globe Theatre in London. As rehearsals intensify, Nat's health begins to fail and soon the rest of the cast are horrified to hear that he's been rushed into hospital with Bubonic Plague! Something strange happens, and as Nat's friends worry about him, he is experiencing an amazing adventure with the King of Shadows, William Shakespeare himself, and performing in the original Globe Theatre.
Susan Cooper was born in Buckinghamshire, read English at Oxford and began her career as a reporter and feature-writer for the Sunday Times. Her sequence of fantasy novels, THE DARK IS RISING, won her numerous international awards, including the Newbery Medal. She has also written a Broadway play and several film scripts for TV and cinema. Susan Cooper lives in Connecticut, USA.
Shortlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2000 and Carnegie Medal 2000.