It is a small note—written in German. Pete Hollister finds it hidden in the door of a broken cuckoo clock. When the note is translated, the Hollister children are jubilant. The message is a riddle that makes little sense to them—but it is the first clue in a brand new mystery.
Imagine their surprise when Mr. Hollister announces that the whole family—Pete, Pam, Holly, Ricky and little Sue—are going to Germany to buy toys for their shop, The Trading Post! Now the children can find the wood carver who had made the cuckoo clock and ask him what the puzzling message meant. But just as the family prepares to board the jet for Europe, someone snatches the damaged clock from Ricky!
When the children visit the famous old wood carver in the Black Forest town of Triberg, they begin to untangle the riddle in the message. Then it becomes a race against a band of desperate thieves to find a valuable golden cuckoo clock which had been stolen from a German museum. It involves them in a wild chase and a thrilling boat ride down the Rhine. The Hollisters do their special sleuthing in a new setting and enjoy another fascinating mystery-adventure.
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