|"Please don't stop writing Mandie books, because they are my favorite! They are full of adventure and excitement!" writes a young fan from Washington.
Mandie is thrilled at the chance to visit Swain County, North Carolina, where her friend Joe Woodard lives. It's also her father's home territory, so with Snowball leading the way, Mandie and Joe decide to explore the old log cabin where Mandie had lived with her father before his death.
The locked cabin appears deserted weeds everywhere, no livestock around, and not a soul in sight. But Joe and Mandie notice smoke rising from the chimney. Someone must be inside! Then Mandie and Joe catch a glimpse of a face peeking out from behind a curtain. Who's hiding out in the old log cabin?
It's another exciting mystery for Mandie to solve!