When Calvin McBride travels north to help his aunt run a resort, little does he suspect the adventures that await him.
On an excursion down the Blanche River with Willis Hamilton, Joel's Ojibwa friend, the boys notice signs of human activity at the long-abandoned Baldwin Mine. Shubel Chase, an old hermit, living nearby, tells the boys he believes someone is dumping chemicals into the Baldwin mine. Later that night Shubel Chase interrupts prowlers at the Mine and is knocked unconscious.
The boys soon discover the seriously injured hermit and rush him to the hospital. In the meantime Calvin's aunt is becoming increasingly discouraged by these events, and considers selling the resort.
Adventure and misfortune continue to follow the boys when they are almost killed by an intentionally lit forest fire. It turns out that the key to this mystery lies with the old hermit, and the boys realize that it's only through what this man reveals that they are able to unravel the mystereous events taking place at the mine.
About The Author
Nat Reed was an elementary teacher/principal for nearly 30 years and then taught full-time at Trent University's School of Education for another nine years. Nathanael has had 60 curriculum units published and more than 150 popular Novel Studies available online, these are also available in such outlets as Chapters and most stores for teachers. Nathanael lives with his wife, Joyce, and has four sons, Nathan, Jason, Eric and Joel who also reside in different areas of Canada.
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