Dawks is Bap Peyton's pet jackdaw and Bap is little brother to Nicholas and Delia Peyton who have most of the adventures around their summer house in Tullynagardy, Antrim, North Ireland. At work exploring their old haunts, the children first encounter a young American chap come to search for an old family connection he wants straightened out. Then they discover a new boundary put up by an exclusive family that has moved into Ardree House. Of course Dawks flies in. The children must give chase, and the mystery deepens to include a smuggler's sea cave, the spoiled boy in Andree House, and more. Nice for whiling away the lazy hours.