London, 1728. Tom Hawkins is headed to the gallows, accused of murder. He just always finds his way into a spot of bad luck. He probably shouldn't have told London's most cunning criminal mastermind that he was "bored and looking for adventure." Nor should he have offered to help the king's mistress in her desperate struggles with a brutal and vindictive husband. And he definitely shouldn't have trusted the calculating Queen Caroline. Shes promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue, but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man.