Kate, Anders, and Erik see a man in dark clothes changing ownership marks on the logs that farmers plan to send downriver. But before they can see his face, the tinder swindler gets away. When mama receives word that her brother Ben, who stole from a shopkeeper, wants to visit, suspicion turns towards him. Ben's letter gives them only 2 days to meet him before he leaves, never to be seen by the family again. With Mama's baby coming soon, Kate and Anders must cross the St. Croix River without any help. How can they escape danger, find Ben, and offer Mama's forgiveness before the sun sets? 120 pages, softcover. Approximately Grade 5 & up.
Book 5 in the "Adventures of the Northwoods" series by Lois Walfrid Johnson.