By the author of several stories built around incidents in American history, this present day adventure has its mystery as well as its historical content and is a clever representation of the way a boy might have written it himself. Presumably, plot and characters are all true too, for the introduction is a letter to the editor from ""Vin"", a junior leader of the Peter Stuyvesant Boys' Club in New York explaining how Flip Gonzales, one of the members, had asked him to write down their adventure using his diary as a guide. And the excitement begins in June when their benefactor, Mr. Munson, invites them all aboard his restored whaling ship, the Manatee, for a summer cruise down to Longbow Island off the Texas coast where the boys will continue their interest in Indian lore and perhaps find some more revealing relics. Just as the trip is proving everything it was meant to be, a stowaway, also a Stuyvesant boy but not a club member, is found. He is Orris Pike who tells Flip how he got aboard: he followed his step-brother, Whitey, a crook and up to no good. How Whitey also gets to isolated Longbow and is caught in the act of milking Mr. Munson for ransom money makes for some extraordinary derring-do. Written in the vernacular and with plenty of side notes on archeology, sailing and ranch life, this has a refreshing appeal.