A formula plot in a new locale. The legendary treasure concealed in the old Codling house is sought by David Moss and Adam Codling in Great Barley County, England. The rhymed riddle bequeathed from generation to generation by Jonathon Codling in 1588 as he left to fight the Spanish Armada, was the key which enabled the boys to unearth the jewels and save the old Codling homestead for Aunt Dinah. The characters have a pleasant English solidarity and the pleasures of pastoral Britain unfold with conviction as the boys unravel the mystery in Adam's cano, the Minnow. This plot has kept publishing houses solvent for generations dating back to the Armada. A retread-set in Albion.