The Colonials took seventy thousand gold guineas from the British and Hessians at the Battle of Saratoga. Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne and the gold were escorted along the Knox Trail to Boston by a contingent of continentals including local farmer Jedediah Simpson: former highwayman and convert to the New Light. Gentleman Johnny reached Boston. The gold did not. Jedediah Simpson disappeared. Was the New Light overwhelmed by the radiance of gold?
Local legend and historian Tom Simpson always believed his ancestor stole the gold. How much was seventy thousand gold guineas worth? Sam Healy and Arletta Cole were afraid the answer was one good friend. But Sam and Arletta had to know if Tom Simpson found the gold before the murderer found him. So they became detectives, historians and treasure hunters, and one thing more: suspects in Tom's murder.