London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to steal. If he gets caught by the law, the punishment will be death - and if he crosses Uncle Jack, it could be just as bad. Still, it's a living for Sam and his fellow thief Catherine - until the long, hot London summer means a blaze at the Pudding Lane bakery runs out of control - and they learn that Uncle Jack's schemes are far more evil than they knew.
Running for their lives from thiefmasters, thieftakers, and the Great Fire of London itself, can two reluctant criminals save an innocent life - and their own skins?