Only after her mother's death in scrimped circumstances, does Alyce Laird--whose life is not much better--learn of her long-dead father's fool's gold and the likelihood he was murdered. So she heads west to find out and to stay with three half brothers and sisters who barely make a scratch living. She's also almost fatally bitten by a tarantula and frozen alive near an old mine. Fortunately within distance of two quite possible young men. . . . Bequeath her this--it's lively, even realistic ""romantic suspense"" and the only old-fashioned thing is the title lifted from George Meredith.