The Shifty Lad, as his name suggests, had a way of generally escaping sticky situations. In these delightful and amusing tales of roguery and cunning, we learn about his childhood, how he longed to become a thief, and about his career among the villains of highways and byways. – We also discover how the Shifty Lad escaped a terrible fate and saved his life through the gift of telling stories, and how it all worked out happily in the end. – These tales come from the Celtic cultures of Britain and Ireland. However, they are not necessarily Welsh, Irish, or Scottish according to the author, but a part of our wider human heritage, as are all tales that touch our feelings, strike a note of sadness, or lead to laughter.