Hugh Copplestone lived in Devon with his Aunt Alison because his parents were dead, but when his Aunt threatened to have his beloved dog Argos destroyed, Hugh ran away, taking Argos with him. He hoped to reach Oxford and to go to the University there, though as yet he had to money to pay the fees. On the way, however, Hugh met a band of strolling players, who asked him whether he would like to join them. Hugh was delighted, and together with Argos, he spent an exciting year traveling about the southern counties of England. But he did not forget that his real purpose was to reach the University, and, at last, it seemed that Hugh might achieve his ambition.
—from the dust jacket
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