Though his friend Andy believed that a spook or a haunt was causing the unnatural noises and appearances in their Vermont community, Tom Hayes refused to agree. Despite reports of a strange monster lurking by the river and the unaccountable music heard in a deserted house, Tom was sceptical. The two boys, who built a following in All For a Horse and All For a Friend, set out to lay the ""ghost."" Tom's sleuthing detects the identity of the culprit, Freddy Hopkins, an unhappy and unpopular-boy who wanted attention of any description. Text and Aldren A. Watson's black and white illustrations effectively interpret spare and rocky Vermont. The mystery elements don't add up to a real spell-binder.