Sarah Smith cuts to the heart of one of literature's most fascinating and enduring mysteries: the enigma of Sir William Shakespeare. Graduate student Joe Roper has landed the job of a lifetime working in the Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities. He's been passionate about Shakespeare since he was a kid. But Joe's working-class roots do little to prepare him for the academic arena. Enter Posy Gould. She insists that a letter Joe's found, signed by one W. Shakespeare of Stratford, is a career-making discovery for them both -- particularly because the letter suggests the plays were not written from Shakespeare's quill. A first-rate thriller and also an enduring tale about love, art, and poetic justice.