Way back during the crusades, Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan state of Averna. Since that time the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe suddenly render it strategically important to the British Government. They hire unconventional detective Albert Campion to recover the long-missing proofs of ownership: the deeds, a crown, and a receipt. They are apparently hidden in the village of Pontisbright. There, Campion and his friends meet the eccentric, flame-haired Amanda Fitton and her family, who claim to be the rightful heirs to Averna, and who join in the hunt.Unfortunately, criminal financier Brett Savanake is also interested in finding the evidence for his own ends. Things get rather rough in the village as Savanake's heavies up the pressure on Campion to solve the mystery before they do.
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