When Mandie Shaw runs away from her log cabin home in 1899,she convinces Cherokee friends to help her escape into theBlue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. After a trecherousjourney, they reach the extravagant mansion of Uncle John,only to discover that his ship has been lost at sea. Thehouse staff, headed by caretaker Jason Bond kindly allowsMandie to remain. When strange arrive claiming to be therightful heirs to Uncle John's fortune, Mandie and her newfriend Polly find themsevles in a race through hiddenpassages to locate Uncle John's will. As her fortune hangsin the balance, Mandie mustovercome Polly's fear in time tofind the key that unlocks the mystery of her heritage. Basedon the best-selling books by Lois Gladys Leppard.