It was not every day that a girl acquired a brother, sister and father, all in one swoop, and Jennet Marsh approached her new life in Santa Fe with great excitement. Bill Bancroft and his son Ted were wonderful but Jen's new sister Torrey resented the intruders and refused to ""betray"" her dead mother by accepting them. Overshadowing these problems is the importance of tracking down the ""curious legacy"" left to Ted and Torrey by the famous type face designer, Thomas Sherry. Ted and Jen work hard to uncover the valuable type face design worth thousands of dollars and finally do so, only to have it snatched away by the local print shop owner whom they had considered their friend and helper. The discovery of Mrs. Bancroft's important work folder, stolen by the housekeeper Maria, loyal to Torrey's interests, and Mrs. Bancroft's understanding and warmth temper Torrey's feelings and with Ted she volunteers part of her fortune to help the printer, whose motives were honorable all along. Regional color and family conflict ring true in a well developed mystery which becomes somewhat confusing and incredible at the end.