Just before the start of summer half, in April 1883, a very
minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English
public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old pupil named Archer Fairfax returned
from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his
Almost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer
Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton.
His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was not, in fact, even a he.
This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a
boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of
realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.
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