Robbie finds that he will be able to read if he attends classes to become an altar boy. The catch is that all the reading is written in Latin, the language of the Church. He determines that he will someday be able to read in his own language, English. During this time, Robby spends what little free time he has on woodcarving. His skills in carving come to the attention of the village knight, Rolf, who protects the village. He encourages Robby to try to get into a guild to hone his skills. Unfortunately, he finds that commoners such as Robby are not allowed into the guilds as an apprentice.