Who is the secret bidder for the land next to the farm? Does the rusted weathercock move or is it a post-claustrophobic illusion? Who is taking wheat from every farmer except Dad? Who is the owner of the bandanna Josie finds while sleuthing? Later, why does the rigged rooster move only at lemonade time? All these unanswerables perplex twelve-year-old Josie Baxter, come from Chicago to Oklahoma when her father remarries. So in addition she's contending with a new step-family. Actually, Opal is ""Mother"" soon enough, and little Ann endears herself immediately but Butch is stand-offish until Josie loses her temper and shares her discoveries. Jiggs the perfect handyman, who once proposed to Opal, is the only possible villain, and the two pre-teens hide out at lemonade time to foil the filcher. Awkward and sometimes dull cracked wheat.