Lance Michaelson is vastly disappointed when his father, a muralist, takes a job at the Plains College museum in the Texas Panhandle, for the summer. He must give up a coveted life-saving job to go with his parents. But no sooner do they arrive than a mystery develops. Lance and his new friends, Pepe and Robin, see mysterious lights in the museum one night and are puzzled when no one seems upset about it. But then they get to talking with Stan, a student archaeology assistant, who tells them about some strange markings he once saw on a field trip. How the two events fit together to reveal the whereabouts of a lost local fortune make a well paced detective story, more plausible than most and with an interest in Panhandle history that adds an educational dimension as well.