The Texas frontier offered a rough welcome to the von Dohn family, who left Germany to begin a new life on the banks of the Guadalupe River. In the Gulf of Mexico, their ship foundered and they were precipitated ashore on Galveston Island. Then, at a point 150 miles inland on the Guadalupe River, the children, Rosa and Franz, did their share domestically in the new family home. Treasure concealed in the old bedstead helped the family to start over in Galveston after Indians set the first house afire in an attempt to destroy the ""medicine box"" -- a piano. William Moyer's black and white illustrations effectively render the homespun von Dohn hearthside and the unbroken loneliness of early Texas. An attractive format and easy reading add stature to a story which relies heavily on that hoary device --buried treasure.