A brave fourteen-year-old boy goes to stay alone in the high lands of the misty French Alps. A heavy spring snowfall makes a dramatic background for a chain of eerie events. Vincent sees a shadow in the storm, who does not want any help. Soon after, a distraught night visitor seeks shelter in the boy's hut. Vincent finds himself caught up in a mystery; he begins trekking from his hut to a small town across the Italian border to help the man who stayed one night with him. A gold cross has been stolen from a church... the falsely accused and the guilty are roaming the mountains. Mr. Bonzon, prize-winning author of The Orphans of Simitra, makes effective use of background, and unwinds the mystery, giving a few clues, in a manner which will capture the attention of young would-be sleuths, who will easily see themselves in Vincent.