There's a satisfying ending- a chance to study art, and a vigorous setting- Northwest coast Indian reservation life in 1885, for the heroine of this mystery. Young Nancy Kadderly is disappointed when her father is transferred as director to the Quinault agency, even more remote from Tacoma and enrollment in Annie Wright Seminary than the last agency had been. In Quinault, Nancy gets to know a half Indian boy Frank. A renewed interest in drawing nature and the life around her accompanies the exciting solution of Frank's ancestry and the secret operations of a troublesome smuggler, and preludes another transfer- to Tacoma. The Indian viewpoint is emphasized too.