by Hilari Bell
Weasel is a former pickpocket trying to reform as a clerk for Justice Holis. Unfortunately, the justice's revolutionary ideas get both of them thrown in jail. Weasel lucks out and is locked up with a very resourceful girl named Arisa who helps him escape from the tower. Weasel knows that he is the judge's only hope to avoid hanging so he sets out to find other revolutionaries who can help save him. Thus begins an exciting adventure for Weasel and Arisa, bumping into dangerous folk like the Hidden, road bandits, and the regent's soldiers. Wrapping up the intrigue is an encounter with the young Prince Edoran and a mysterious, lost shield that has the power to save the kingdom.