The Black Arrow by Stevenson relates the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses in England. In this history he makes the best efforts to become a brave knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest organized by Ellis Duckworth, whose weapon and calling card is a black arrow, because Dick suspects that his guardian Sir Daniel Brackley and his retainers are responsible for Dick's father murder. Dick's suspicions are enough to turn Sir Daniel against him, so he has no recourse but to escape from Sir Daniel and join the outlaws of the Black Arrow against him. This struggle sweeps him up into the greater conflict surrounding them all.