This is the second book by this anthor placed along the Erie Canal, the first being Mark of Seneca Rasin. This also is illustrated by Sandra James. Here we have the story of Jon who receives a strange place of paper with French writing from his dying grandmother. When translated this leads him to search for a kettle of gold which was buried near the Mohawk by his ancestors when the Indians came raiding. While on this trail he crosses the path of members of the Underground Railroad who take him for a apy and treat him accordingly. After thrilling adventures he finds his family treasure and ends up on his beloved boat, the Albany Belle. A good yarn.