A Western adventure yarn that has everything -- set in southern California -- near the Mexican border, on a cattle ranch. Bill Deane, 18, had planned to spend his free time in the summer hunting for Indian relics, archaeology being his hobby. But his plan are disrupted by the necessity of playing host to a city girl from New York, who is coming to spend the summer. Peany- in spite of fears to the contrary -- proves herself to be anything but a nuisance, actually a help to Bill and his Indian friend, Felipe. A fast-moving and well-written story; Indian legends, a colorful fiesta, hidden saves, a midnight ride through a canyon, the discovery of a smuggling gang -- all factors in making the book good reading. At the close, the solution of the singing ave mystery removes forever the threat of drought to the Deane ranch....Swell early teen fiction.