He is treated very harshly and is trying to escape his life when he unwittingly sees a murder. He, along with a circus acrobat are forced to go on the run amongst the grimy, sinister streets and underground passages of London and quickly become the most wanted people in the whole city. They then have to prove their innocence and use the different skills they both start to appreciate they possess as 'The Wild Boy of London and the Fairground Fiend Clarissa Everett'.
It is a very atmospheric, thrilling story-fast paced too. It is also a discovery of what it means to be different and how we cope with feeling different and using our often hidden talents to the best ends. A bit gory at times as there are more murders and hunts of bodies that readers of a nervous nature might not like. 10+ if you like a Sherlock Holmes style gritty action paced murder mystery.